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Isamu Noguchi
The streets are alive
The streets are alive

"What brings you downtown?" the waitress asks as she seats me on a patio shadowed by the skyscrapers on Bunker Hill. I hear this question often. "Actually, I live here," I say, trying not to sound smug. "Just down the hill." "Oh!" the waitress chirps in surprise. After all, most of the restaurant patrons work in the neighboring office buildings on Grand Avenue or Hope Street. They may stop in for a drink before heading home to a house on a grassy lot fringed with oleander and bougainvillea, but they don't live here. The waitress tones down her chirp and asks, "What is it really like to live downtown?" I concentrate as I formulate...

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