PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island, is not an island. It is the smallest state in the United States and located on the East Coast, in New England, which is not really New, especially if you look at the roads, in dire need of repair.
Downtown Providence is not in great shape either, but it keeps the robust poetry of its formerly industrial buildings, its beautiful mills of bricks and steel. There are more empty commercial spaces on Westminster Street than in November, the last time we were here. When factories close down, they are converted into lofts. If they are in turn deserted, which could happen if the economic slump gets worse, lofts could turn into thin air.
Lost somewhere at the edge of Paris’ 19th arrondissement, stuck against the highway that circles the city, is the drafty rue Sigmund Freud as Google Street View dreamt it. I interacted with it, looked left and right, and even up —and this is what I found among the pictures that Google Street View found.
Perdue dans le fin fond du 19e arrondissement, coinçée contre le périphérique, dans une sorte de courant d’air, la rue Sigmund Freud, telle que l’a rêvée Google Street View. Interactif, j’ai regardé à droite, à gauche et même en l’air, et voici ce qu’il reste après que nos regards se soient croisés.