Pedestrian or not? It’s up for your interpretation.
At a family celebration a couple of years back, I had the chance to see panoramic views of my city. One such vista was of the Esplanade Riel, a pedestrian bridge spanning the Red River alongside the Provencher Bridge, which carries vehicle traffic.
Esplanade Riel and the Provencher Bridge represent much more than simply a way to traverse the murky waters of the Red River. They connect English-speaking Downtown Winnipeg with St. Boniface, a primarily French-speaking neighborhood in which Louis Riel, the father of Manitoba, was born.
What struck me most, seeing it from high atop the city, was that Esplanade Riel’s striking design is anything but “pedestrian,” which also means “lacking inspiration or excitement; dull.” It seems fitting that such a beautiful walkway is the path that connects people of different languages and cultures.
What does pedestrian mean to you? Perhaps this is a great chance to go out and practice some street photography. Maybe you’ll capture something truly “pedestrian” — something that could use a dose of inspiration. Regardless of how you interpret this challenge, I’m looking forward to seeing the results.
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