27 June 2016

The cathedrals of our time

by Cecily
Texas is real serious about its highways and interchanges. I knew this, of course, from having studied the very informative documentary David Byrne made about this state years ago. However, as is the case with other sorts of cathedrals from other times, actually visiting the highways in person is a very different experience than just looking at pictures.

Not that the pictures are anything to be sneezed at, either.

I will admit that driving under and/or over them has its own brand of numinosity.

The system of frontage roads is also at a highly advanced level. There's a learning curve. I'm on it.

"Well, I suppose these freeways made this town and a lot of others like it possible.  'They're the cathedrals of our time,' someone said.  Not me."


  1. Holy crap! That is some highway. In Trondheim, I think the biggest highway might have ... hm... maybe two lanes each way? Maybe three, for like a quarter of a kilometer...I don't know. I take the bus...not on a highway. xx

  2. These highways aren't remarkable for the number of lanes, so much, as the intricacy of the weave and the dizzying distance from the ground. I actually find many lanes a lot less distressing than a few lanes at skyscraper height. But I'm getting used to it!

  3. Turns out it was Andy Frickin Rooney! Peep the timestamp 31:20 on this documentary from the 70's... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zW6Fv_aSFQk