Monthly Archives: August 2011

London’s Burning

I <3 London, it is one of my favorite places on the planet next to the Sierra Nevada Mountains here in California. The riots and looting of the last couple of days in and around London have made me very alternately sad and a bit horrified that my favorite city is in flames and the police & government have appeared to be asleep at the wheel. We live in gravely odd times, an era that will make for great history reading many years from now but scary hard to shitty to live through. London is an ancient city but also a marvelously modern one - a city of great history but any history can be tossed aside and torched in an instant as the inhabitants try to figure out how to live in the now. I sincerely hope that the rioting and looting will stop tonight and the city will have a peace and space to thoughtfully determine where to go to next. It took LA a number of years after 1992 to sort ourselves out, but we are now a better and healthier city. Yes, there is still poverty and inequality, but there is more hope and space to have dreams.
London, may you do the hard work to find peace, space, and give all the people room for hope. Hope for a future, hope for an education, and hope for a reason to live and thrive.
Read Annie Mole’s How will London recover from this?