Walking


“Circling through the park i move on and off an avenue of innocence”

Jeffery c. Robinson, The Walk: Notes on a romantic image


Green Corridor, page 2 images, 3 Resistance, 4 Mediation of Nature, 5 Walking as Radical, 6 webcam,

 

There is a man in the neighbourhood known to many simply as ‘the walker’ for he walks everywhere. He is seen everywhere. he also happens to live next-door to me and so we are on first name basis, although our intimacy is always in passing. he does, on his own admittance, on a very rare occasion, use public transport within in the city, but mostly he has created a life that allows the time for being a pedestrian. i am not sure if he sees this as a radical act or a necessity, i will ask him.


but walking is a radical act. upon staying in a posh neighbourhood, SAN MARINO, CALIFORNIA, WHILST ON A RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP TO A NEAR-BY LIBRARY, MY WIFE WAS STOPPED BY THE POLICE, FOR WALKING. SHE WAS DRESSED IN MODEST CLEAN EVERYDAY BUSINESS-TYPE STREET CLOTHES, BUT UPSCALE ENOUGH TO PASS AT THE POSH RESEARCH INSTITUTE SHE WAS THEN ATTACHED TO. BUT SHE WAS NOT DRESSED IN SUCH A WAY AS TO AVOID THE ATTENTIONS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. HAD SHE BEEN IN SWEATS OR YOGA GARB AND RUNNING SHOES SHE WOULD HAVE GONE UNNOTICED, ONE OF THE RESIDENTS OUT FOR A CONSTITUTIONAL, BUT DRESSED FOR WORK AND WALKING SHE LOOKED SUSPICIOUS.


ORSON WELLES ONCE SAID ‘IN L.A. EVERY ROAD LOOKS LIKE THE ROAD TO THE AIRPORT’, and as we all know one does not walk to the airport.


post war windsor saw a new neighbourhood develop, called south windsor. a drive around will reveal many streets do not even have sidewalks as even the children are not expected to walk the few short blocks to school, or if they do they can take their chances on the road.