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The back of Balmoral Road, from East Road, Lancaster, UK. © NRT, 2004
The back of Balmoral Road, from East Road, Lancaster, UK, 02/06/04

East Road is about the steepest part of my usual route home from the city centre; having crossed the traffic lights by the cathedral, there's little more to do than get into a low gear and pedal away, watching the scenery pass rather slowly. Hence I see this view very frequently, and have time to consider it, but I still can't decide how I feel about it.
The regularity of the repeated shapes is quite striking, particularly when the sun is low and the brightly-lit end walls contrast against the dark roofs, and there's something endearing about the dozens of little chimney pots, yet there's also something crushingly mundane about the near-identical houses: little boxes for little people, all the same.

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