Space that is obscured and cannot be found.
Space that cannot be reached, due to contorted, protracted, or missing paths of approach
Space that cannot be accessed, due to obstructions such as walls, gates, checkpoints, etc.
Space that cannot be comfortably occupied.
Space that cannot be utilized unobserved.
|South side of Estes West of Sheridan|
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|
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|
Rogers Park also has plenty of Jittery Space. This is a video camera in a box at the northwest intersection of Glenwood and Morse. It has a blue strobe light and the police insignia, in case you were in danger of overlooking it. Glenwood and Morse has a reputation (not-unearned) of being a trouble-spot. But cameras can’t see around corners.
High tech surveillance never makes me feel safer. I know that somewhere in an accounting department someone is trying to figure out how many cameras equal one police officer.