Driving in, my cabbie, Alistair, told me he loved New York City. Everyone says that when they hear where I’m from. Some say they would love to live there, some say they could only visit. He told me New York looks like how a city should look. I told him I felt Edinburgh is how I think all cities should try to look.
Alistair told me he could tell the Fringe was ramping up because all the show posters are appearing all over the city. He said the city was about to get “real liberal and open, you’ll love it.” So far it’s quiet, cold, and rainy, just how I remember it to be.
Another poster I noticed on a storefront protested the ongoing Edinburgh tram project. The sign read “Stop the tram line before it looks like this:” above maps of various tram services around the world that covered their whole cities. Right now the tram crosses the city from the airport to the waterfront in Newhaven. It is around 30 percent done; meanwhile 80 percent of the budget has been spent.