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