Now dwindling in number, water tanks used to dot the skyline of the city. These amazing rooftop cisterns came into use in the late-nineteenth century, when on-site water storage was recognized as a necessary fire-fighting measure.
Water tanks continue to be built in New York City for the ordinary purpose of maintaining the water pressure inside tall buildings with the aid of gravity. In Chicago, however, water tanks are viewed as an anachronism. It’s likely that these visually charming relics will disappear over time. For now, I relish the contrast between our sleek but bland skyscrapers and these sturdy rooftop monuments.
Two days in Minneapolis, and Celia is homesick for her city. Besides missing her husband, she misses Chicago itself, its density, its heights, its deafening el. The sights seen from the Brown Line on a beautiful day. She’ll be happy to be home at the end of the day.
We were at the Mart shopping for a kitchen sink when I noticed that the showroom we were in had a marvelous view.
We continued looking at sinks. I looked up, and suddenly the sky looked like this:
Five minutes later.
As I watched, I saw the train that I take to work running through River North.
That was the most exciting part, I think.
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