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When I Say “City” Twitter Volley

On Thursday, 5 April, Neil Freeman at fakeisthenewreal.com started posting tweets starting with the phrase When I say “city”… and then continuing with some aphorism, trope, concept, observation, stereotype or definition of the urban landscape. Several people, including myself, joined in the fun. Here are my contributions, taken directly from my Twitter account as a screenshot:

WhenISayCity

Fortunately for all involved, Neil collated his own entries here. There are also some fun compilations at Storify, here and here.

Here are my entries in text form:

Ted Ollier ‏@mindhue 5 Apr
@fitnr When I say “city”, I mean Chicago at 5am seen flying in over Lake Michigan.

Ted Ollier ‏@mindhue 5 Apr
@fitnr When I say “city”, I mean a closed-system O’Neill settlement five miles long orbiting at the fourth lunar Lagrange point.

Ted Ollier ‏@mindhue 5 Apr
@fitnr When I say “city”, I mean “Trantor”.

Ted Ollier ‏@mindhue 5 Apr
@fitnr when I say “city”, it’s because I had to go fire up my old Maxis game and hit the “Tornado” button.

Ted Ollier ‏@mindhue 5 Apr
@fitnr When I say “city”, I mean the human equivalent of a climax forest.

Ted Ollier ‏@mindhue 5 Apr
@fitnr When I say “city”, I mean photogenic young people in large apartments maintained with no visible means of support.

Ted Ollier ‏@mindhue 5 Apr
@fitnr When I say “city”, I mean a place of hedonism, debauchery, and women refusing their proper roles in society.

Ted Ollier ‏@mindhue 5 Apr
@fitnr When I say “city”, I really mean “anti-Arcadia”.

Ted Ollier ‏@mindhue 5 Apr
@fitnr When I say “city”, I’m saying they’ll never stay on the farm after they’ve seen it.

Ted Ollier ‏@mindhue 5 Apr
@fitnr When I say, “city”, I am referring to the abode of the Holy God King, long may be his days and great his victories.

Ted Ollier ‏@mindhue 5 Apr
@fitnr When I say “city”, I mean men in expensively-tailored suits steepling their fingers over plans to increase their power.

Ted Ollier ‏@mindhue 5 Apr
@fitnr When I say “city”, I indicate that savings in transportation costs dictate increased density.

Ted Ollier ‏@mindhue 5 Apr
@fitnr When I say “city”, I’m referring to a place where the benefits of collaboration outweigh the desire for autonomy.

Ted Ollier ‏@mindhue 5 Apr
@fitnr When I say “city” I’m talking about a location with anomalously high temperature profile compared to its surroundings.