Grid Shots: Water

Humans, like water, want the path of least resistance. One way we demonstrate that is by creating desire lines. Humans, unlike water, aren’t controlled by gravity on where we can go so when water gets in our way, we want to get our way.


We built bridges. Many still remain. That carry freight, Metra, and Amtrak trains. Lumber Street lift bridge photo by Adam Herstein.


Even though we often get our way with water, it comes at a cost, and a delay. Water main construction photo by Eric Rogers.


We might have to wait a bit until we can use this path. Lakefront Trail storm photo by Michelle Stenzel.


When our desire lines must cross, we can choose to build over or choose to build under, each with its own consequences. Elmhurst flooding photo by Clark Maxwell.

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