Strada. Via. Rue. Calle. Rua. Avenida. Straße. Straat. Weg. Ulica.
Whatever the language, they all mean street. Streets are the lifeblood of any neighborhood, whether old or new. In neighborhoods like this one, the Alfama district of Lisbon, the streets have been witness to centuries of lives since the Moors settled this place. Languages may change, cultures may change, pavements may change but the paths that people walk have remained the same. Over time streets take on a personality of their own, layers of history and lives lived out in their presence.
I got the same feeling, of layers of lives, from this photo by Stephanie~Floopse13 from Chinatown in San Francisco. The street may be newer than those of Lisbon, but it has developed a personality of its own. Can you feel it?
Kat of The Kat Eye View of the World
Chinatown Street Art by Stephanie ~ Floopse13