Slippery Space- Space that cannot be reached, due to contorted, protracted, or missing paths of approach
Crusty Space- Space that cannot be accessed, due to obstructions such as walls, gates, checkpoints, etc.
Prickly Space- Space that cannot be comfortably occupied.
Jittery Space- Space that cannot be utilized unobserved.
But soon I started to spot the same things in my own neighborhood. Perfectly nice corners were being transformed into miniature prisons. Storefronts were installed that could withstand medieval sieges. Homes and apartments destroyed their beauty in the name of security.
Chicago’s grid tends to discourage the creation of Stealthy and Slippery Space. These seem to be more common in suburban areas, or large redeveloped areas. But I’ll bet anyone can think of a few Crusty, Prickly, and Jittery Spaces in their own neighborhood. Following are a few examples that I found uncomfortably close to home.
|North side of Estes, East of Sheridan|
|Glenwood and Morse|
(This wall has since been replaced, but I wanted to include the graphic.)
You should see how lush the grass gets behind this wall. It’s like a shag carpet. This is a good example of prickly space. But the jokes on them! You can sit on this wall if you don’t mind straddling the iron spikes. At least until your legs go numb… Across the street the security gates remind you to walk a little faster.
|East side of Clark, between Estes and Touhy.|
It never occurred to me that people might be hopping from roof to roof illicitly. Judging from these deterrents it must be common. Did someone break into a storefront through a skylight? Is that something that's likely to happen again and again? Sometimes these things are a permanent solution to a rare event.
This wins the prize for the most diversity in materials: chain link, razor wife, and a starburst of sharp steel spikes.
|Morse and Glenwood|