Traffic Life : Passionate Tales and Exit Strategies
Edited by Stephan Wehner
An Anthology
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 Buscrunch  Dean Wirth    Bus crunch thanks a bunch, Maybe I be dead by lunch   Car door give me more, Crushed kneecap what a bore              Niquil Refill, Fist full of Waybills   Couriers are evil, Weaving through traffic like snakes  Oh, look it stopped raining, Maybe now I'll have brakes   Accident, get me bent, Hospital time is time well spent   Repeat this is not a test, It's a blood soaked manifest Loving cup, muck me up, Dragged on asphalt by a pickup                            truck How now puppy chow, Just don't laugh you're not allowed  Stone breath nothing left, Look I'm being reg'd to death    Slop cop make me stop, Keep me from my next drop   Bumper ride things collide, Meet you on the other side Trips for money money for trips, Yes I'm just doing this for                             kicks Ambulance siren dance, You just blew your second chance     Rain hail snow sleet, Just a piece of courier meat      Dead now take a bow, It's okay to draw a crowd                                   62
 Documentation: Portland's Memorial Lifehouse  Peter Gelman  With an illustration by Keith McKellar      One day in May of 1998, in Portland, Oregon, Matthew Schekel died on his way to work. He was bicycling across a residential intersection of SE 37th Avenue and Taylor Street, near the popular Hawthorne District. A delivery truck rolled through the stop sign and killed him.    Soon afterward, someone locked the broken bike to the stop sign. A cross stood with it, along with flowers, po- ems, and personal artifacts. Over the next four years, many stopped to examine this sad display. Noticing how the neigh- borhood came to cherish the shrine for the fallen cyclist, the neighborhood organization, Southeast Uplift, worked with another group, City Repair, to build a formal structure as part of a workshop of natural builders.    City Repair helps communities create public space while promoting sustainability and livability. 'Livability' is a buzz- word that many use when discussing Portland's relatively unique direction as a U.S. city, with its thirty year-old ur-                               63

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