November 17/365 Steel Towns

There are no beautiful steel towns. Every bit of nature and artifice has been hammered, choked, rusted, and polluted. Fine brickwork eroded by acids. Stained-glass coated with grime. The stunted trees grow listlessly, and there seems to be no end of garish plastic flowers standing in for the real thing. Worker housing was cheaply built, and not meant to last. People have patched the patches until every building shows a distorted face, a grimace, a freak show.

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