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steven landau

new york, ny, United States

Design instructor

Member since September 08, 2008

  • roadside memorials


    In response to observed, posted by Samuel Vider,
    in the thread Transportation Issue in Urban Cities


    Hi Samuel, I wonder about those ghost bikes, too. It's amazing to me that the city doesn't remove them, but I am glad that they don't. They remind you of the temporary nature of life, and how things can change very abruptly. I traveled in India, where they have these makeshift shrines all over the place, especially along roads that wind perilously through the mountains. I remember riding on a bus along one of these, where the driver seemed to be highly erratic and somewhat out of control, seeing these monuments along the way where buses, just like the one that I was riding on at that moment, had plunged over the edge, killing 40 or 50 people. You don't see that kind of thing much in New York, so the Ghost Bikes can seem very out of place and spooky. However, there is a tradition in other parts of the US to erect roadside memorials to people who died in traffic accidents. steven

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