Viewed from “street level”, all of these can look chaotic and frightening. But rise above it – as I did recently on a flight to the east coast – and they become more two-dimensional. It becomes easier to see the “organization” of tall buildings and streets, trees and streams, fluffy billowy clouds and long cirrus ones. Individual items become easier to see – and to sort.
A city-scape at street level can be confusing. Tall buildings block your view. Sidewalks sometimes stop without warning – or are blocked by construction and repair equipment. Street signs are missing, or not consistent. Navigating at street level can be frustrating.
As you move beyond city streets into the green-scape, roads are now marked with large street numbers that make sense only to those who need to use them (emergency personnel). The familiar colloquial names we grew up with are not used, and what we knew as “The Holler” becomes 153rd Street.