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Ten ways of knowing you’re in the city

  1. Obligatory suits, and women dressed in elegant black.
    In this category: people of colour, of necessity, dress sharper.
  2. Monogrammed ties on older suits, like stars on the belly of a Sneetch.
  3. A city is no place for children.
  4. The rich approach the poor, close enough to see the whites of their eyes.
  5. Someone, likely to be wearing nice shoes, will actually audibly and sincerely use a phrase like “level playing field”.
  6. For the first time in a long time, you smell the leather interior of a car.
  7. Poorly-dressed men are selling left-wing magazines.
  8. Old churches still stand under towering geometric shadows.
  9. A forest of yellow construction cranes grows.
  10. People are looking upward and not seeing the sky.


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