Monday, October 1, 2012

The Unseen Workings of Subterranean Drainage


Metaphorically speaking, this fits right into my life
Just below the surface, waiting for the rare flood

When I think of these sitting just below the surface, empty and dry for years possibly, and then suddenly filled with roaring water that has poured off the mountains in a storm, it takes my breath away. The power, the forces, the dramatic incompressible urgency of it, ripping through these pipes, redirected to somewhere other than these streets, seeking out the river elevation down below. I paused in front of one on my bicycle, and thought: one day through this space, unimaginable watery roar.

 

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  1. I pedaled around that construction on my way to and from the David Wright House yesterday. I'd like to pretend that the torn-up streets are part of a rail line to Scottsdale. In the absence of that possibility given the current political climate in that city, I'll settle for an Arcadia drainage project.

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    1. I wonder if one of the old street car lines ever ran through here. No I guess not. Perhaps one day it will, though.

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  2. I wonder how much of this expensive drainage would be needed if we didn't defores/build on the mountains in the first place...

    Another metaphor there I suspect (can't think what it is though)

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    1. Hydrology is interesting me more and more, living in this place. The flood water challenges of this valley go back at least a thousand years, when the Hohokam settled and ran into similar challenges, but decided to stay and grow their tepary beans along scratched out canal ditches anyway.

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    1. I grabbed my Pocket Ref to check gpm and came up with A LOT.

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