Friday, January 20, 2017

Garage Envy Tour: Windsor Terrace

In most parts of the civilized suburban world repeatedly driving around in circles, up and down blocks, back and forth through a neighborhood's streets might cause alarm, but not here in the South Slope/Windsor Terrace borderlands.  It's a tradition. A right of passage. On Alternate-Side-of-the-Street street cleaning days I often find myself lusting after the many privately owned garages that can be found scattered about.  Possessing a certain styled negligence, a joie de vivre, no two are exactly alike.  They often have nothing architecturally in common with the homes they belong to.  They exist as follies in the best sense of the word.
In the future as people stop learning to drive their own cars and self-driving robotic cars take over and populate the roads, will there be an algorithm driven GPS App able to predetermine the probability that a parking space will exist when you arrive home late on a Sunday evening and need to unload the wife, kids, dogs, and suitcases?  How will your robocar negotiate the endless parking rules one needs to break in order to survive as a NYC auto owner? Double parking during aforementioned street cleaning days for instance...
 History will recall how the Great Parking Robot Wars began on a Monday morning between the hours of 11:30am and 1:00pm.

A fine example of a Terrace Triptych

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