Monday, April 17, 2006

Getting glitzy

Going around Amman today, all I could think about is just how much things are booming here. Which is kind of funny, in a way: we leave and things get hopping. Anyway, I came across this article in the Guardian about Johannesburg and had no idea just how much that city has become a boomtown of late.

Before reading the article, all I associated with Jo'burg was its astronomical crime rate which, apparently, has changed. Right after we finished our Peace Corps service, my friend Andrew travelled there and was killed for his watch.

Along with rising property prices, the city is implementing "initiatives aimed at integrating the poor and working class: public toilets and bathhouses, roofs for markets, paving and lighting designed for pedestrians." Well, we certainly have lots of pedestrians here. Perhaps we could start with a few sidewalks that don't have trees planted in the middle of them. . .

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