Reclaiming space: I have to hand it to the city of Minneapolis. Every so often, a new feature of the urban landscape appears like an apparition. Most recently, rental bike stations have been colonizing (in a positive way) the unused scraps of public space throughout the city. Kudos Minneapolis.


“Autrefois, maison privée
Maintenant, poste de police.
Temps de Sihanouk, cinema
Aujord’hui, bureau de la Partie.”

“Before (once upon a time), private house.
Now, Police station.
In Sihanouk’s time, movie theater.
Today, headquarters of the Party.”

“Spoken quietly over my shoulder by my cyclo driver.”
Phnom Penh, 1988

Bill Burke