5 Cities: The Thousand Gardens

There were more than a thousand gardens, of course.  The place that became the Five Cities was built on the skeleton of a forest and haunted by its fecund past.  It was lush with a flamboyant excess of greenspace, laid out and continually added to in an attempt to appease the leafy fates.  But such stately verdance was proved a pale shade once dame nature had room to stretch. The Five Cities gave her that, tearing up asphalt to get to the dirt, handing out flyers about rooftop gardens, letting…

This could become a habit

    It was common knowledge what an overpass was—that is, what they used to be.  Vehicles once sped across them, taking people over buildings and streets to the hearts of neighbourhoods.  People knew this.  They saw vehicles, cars and trucks and panel vans, at the museum for a suggested donation.  They could also see them, rusted to anonymity, in any corner of the Five Cities.     People knew about overpasses the same way they knew that thirty miles west was where the good wine came from, hills rolling with vineyards…