Desire lines

Make that natural desire lines. This seems like something right up good friend Gigi’s blogging alley (Gigi Goes Gaga has a new look, by the way; bright hues of autumn colors, a better fit for the author’s bold, beautifully written reminiscences). But as it turns out, the term comes from urban planning.

I chanced upon it a few days ago in Word Spy, Paul McFedries’ one-of-a-kind website. A desire line, he writes, is

An informal path that pedestrians prefer to take to get from one location to another rather than using a sidewalk or other official route.

A Philippine example might be a counter-flow route at a busy intersection, worn thin by thousands of ordinance-defying, corner-cutting vehicles.

McFedries adds, in a rare Note: "I love that these paths are never perfectly straight. Instead, like a river, they meander this way and that, as if to prove that desire itself isn’t linear and (literally, in this case) straightforward."

You could look it up!


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