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PIERRE FOLK

urbanautica:

BY THE SILENT LINE

As an odd reminiscence, all across Europe stand vestiges of its Industrial Revolution. During the 18th century, as the population kept on increasing, new techniques were developed to produce more, faster and at a lower cost. This wave of radical changes culminated in the development of the railways, which gave a strong impulse to the entire economy.

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One of greatest vestiges – however unknown – of the Industrial Revolution lies in Paris. A 32km path surrounding the city, la Petite Ceinture is a derelict railroad track. Since its access has been closed Parisians have been unable to visit its trenches. The rails cross the entire city in anonymity, belonging to a forgotten past.

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Yet, la Petite Ceinture had its time of glory. In early 19th Century France, the various Parisian railway networks were not connected, and transfers were horse-drawn as the City of Light didn’t have large boulevards yet. The project became a necessity to facilitate the circulation of both goods and people. Its construction, seen as an invitation to progress, started in 1852. Traffic was already considerable during the very first years, and reached its apogee with the Universal Exhibition featuring the Eiffel Tower in 1901. However, its operation wouldn’t survive the automobile revolution, nor the advent of the underground system.

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On most of its course, la Petite Ceinture has produced nothing but silence since the 30’s. Oddly enough, it hasn’t gone to wrack and ruin. As a river, its shores constantly change over time, but it persists. Grasses, flowers and small trees sprout from its bed. The vestige has become a boundary on the fringe of society. An intimate place, where past and modernity make their acquaintance.

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At last, la Petite Ceinture is being likely to be reclaimed by modern society. A handful of lagging projects envisage partial conversion into public transportation or linear parks, just like la promenade plantée de Bastille in 1988, which partly inspired New York’s High Line redesign. It is time for farewell.

This work, started in 2011, is a way of maintaining the memory of a landmark and its rebirth. Somehow, these are photographs that can never be taken again.

© Pierre Folk

that’s right, you better like my selfie

i feel like that amazing atheist thread is just some kind of longcon by taa to get tumblr to buy him an expensive dragon dildo

only four likes on my very rare selfie. i am very disappointed, tumblr

➜ The most vile op-ed you will read about Gaza [Updated]

quoms:

this isn’t the article i was expecting from WaPo, but fuck it, i’ll take it

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quoms:

*masked militant leader speaking into microphone wih heavy breath/wind interference voice* the amazing atheist… i will destroy your ability to shit

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i wasn’t joking about the horse painting.

i wasn’t joking about the horse painting.

plasmalogical:

tomarza:

just so you know: “the young turks” will never, ever (in a million years!) be an appropriate moniker for a group that does not intend to massacre armenians, assyrians, and anatolian greeks—i mean, if that’s your master plan, i guess calling yourself young turks makes sense, but if you’re an online tv network with no genocidal intentions, i’m afraid it’s a no-go and that you’re a piece of shit for thinking otherwise

friendly reminder to cenk uygur: im going to break both of your shoulders you genocide denying bag of trash

this is what i looked like today

this is what i looked like today

unpopular opinion: a painting of a horse rearing up on its hind legs at night is one of the more terrifying objects to find discarded in a stairwell

frvt:

this is how i would want my wikipedia article to end

frvt:

this is how i would want my wikipedia article to end

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negativepleasure:

terrifying health products

negativepleasure:

terrifying health products

marmarinou:

Caption: “The first section of U.P.’s combined CITY OF LOS ANGELES / CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO is on the last lap to Chicago.”
Elmwood Park, lllinois
June 13, 1962
Photo by Bob Krone

marmarinou:

Caption: “The first section of U.P.’s combined CITY OF LOS ANGELES / CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO is on the last lap to Chicago.”

Elmwood Park, lllinois

June 13, 1962

Photo by Bob Krone

the Chem Trail

deductivereasonable:

h34rken:

put a fucking bag on your head and sleep you god damn piece of shit

take a nap on a fucking ski lift

deductivereasonable:

h34rken:

put a fucking bag on your head and sleep you god damn piece of shit

take a nap on a fucking ski lift

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