It’s not Bernie Sanders all the time on my Facebook page, although that’s the vast majority of my posts and those I actually respond to. Weddings, births, birthdays, promotions, life events, get the like button. A Bernie comment, especially an anti-Bernie comment, will bring a tirade.
But, I do get people posting other stuff, little reminders that life goes on outside of politics. A friend (who also lives in Prague) just made the comment (which people who live here make frequently) that the constant construction of the tram lines probably has more to do with guaranteeing employment than their actually needing replacement. I’m sure it’s true, but….
They started tearing up the tram lines in our neighborhood two, maybe three months ago, and I assumed that was the deal. Now that they are near completion, I see what the plan was. Between the rails, and a bit to either side, they’ve laid down sod, creating a lovely, green median strip. There are many other neighborhoods in Prague that have this and I think it’s lovely.
When no tram is coming, it’s a long, green lawn. When the trams are rolling across it, they are rolling through the grass, it almost looks like they are floating. In this fairy tale city of castles and ornate, ancient buildings, it fits right in. As if to say, when a fairy tale city adopts modernity, it doesn’t need to lose it’s fairy tale personality. Trams can roll across grass.
So, I’m not bothered by the months of inconvenience. We’re right on a Metro line, so it hasn’t mattered much anyway and the improvement to the neighborhood is worth it.
My son, however, says he’s still angry about the disruption. What does he know? He’s 13 and his idea of classy urban architecture is a football stadium.