22 Apr '11, 4pm

Take a ride on a Barcelona streetcar in 1908 [VIDEO]

Sometimes, on a Friday, all you want is to look at something that is just plain wonderful. To that end, I submit this film, shot from a Barcelona streetcar back in 1908. It's a delightful artifact of a time when streets functioned very differently than they do today -- with bicycles, pedestrians, horsedrawn carriages, trams, and the occasional car moving along together in a pattern that is far more organic than mechanized. People swoop and dash and dodge and meander through the frame, looking back at the camera operator with an amused expression or a friendly smile every now and then. They probably couldn't imagine the mechanized, highly structured streets of today. One thing you don't see on these long-vanished faces is fear. Mike Lydon of the Street Plans Collaborative just posted the film on Pattern Cities , and he has some interesting thoughts about what it reveals: [S...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-04-22-take-a-ride-a-barc...

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