Friday, June 30, 2006

On a walk around Boston

Here are a couple of things that caught my attention:

This is Beacon Street in Brookline. Notice that there are separate areas reserved for walking, parking, and driving. With no cars parking on the sidewalk, Serbian-style, there is plenty of room to stroll. To provide this amount of space to pedestrians in a city like Kragujevac or Belgrade, the city authorities need to install metal posts along the curb.

Notice also the meter next to each parking space. You put coins into a slot, and a little clock tells how much time you've paid for. In Kragujevac, on the other hand, an attendant in a day-glo vest collects parking fees and tickets violators. In a post-socialist country like Serbia, the first solution to a problem is to create a government job; in the US, we prefer to invent a machine. Of course, someone has to read the meters, but the process as a whole is less labor-intensive.

I spotted this cement mixer on the campus of Simmons College. I had never before seen a piece of construction equipment painted with the lyrics to a patriotic song. If you're not familiar with the song, here's the whole text.


Viktor said...

thank god you have this patriotic 'meshalica' otherwise it sounds like a very boring city!

lol, just kidding, it must be good to be home after all this time in Serbia.

I'm curious to see how fast you will readjust. These kinds of comparisons and observations between Boston/US and Kragujevac/Serbia sound very cool to me. Keep it up!


p.s. may i suggest that they install some music tune on to this cement mixer, so passers by can join in and sing along, karaoke style :)

Viktor said...

whoops, meant to say Brookline instead of Boston. Dont know where i got that from.