August 28, 2014

On California and the Sameness of Cities

California's architecture, plants, and other distinctive characteristics delighted me last week, but traveling around the Bay Area also highlighted for me the sameness of places in America. On the West Coast, I traded cypresses for oaks, cable cars for the subway, Peet's Coffee for Gorilla Coffee, the Golden Gate Bridge for the Brooklyn Bridge, and Golden Gate Park for Central Park. I saw what a single life could look like in a different place, and it made me glad to discover aspects of the city that emphasize how much the US (despite its size) is one united country.  

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