interstate

The 51st State

The relief traffic map above indicates approximate average density of traffic on the interstate highway system - a dense linear territory between city, state, and countryside. 

“Fed by the prosperity of the last decade, the 46,567-mile network of limited-access roads that make up the Interstate System is a linear economy-on-wheels, a distinct and self-sustaining 51st state, in a sense, that generates life and commerce …”

Peter T. Kilborn
The New York Times
July 14, 2001

The system is the destination.

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Its a beautiful night for feeling lonely
A beautiful night for being afraid
So raise your hands, you one and only’s
You one-of-a-kinds who feel this wayI don’t want to talk, don’t want to explain it
I don’t want to fuck and I don’t want to fight
Its only a feeling, it’s fleet and fading
Its all over the world, and it’s only tonight'Cause it’s a beautiful night, beautiful night, yeah
Beautiful night, beautiful night to be here

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Interstate 94 in other parts of the country is already my least favorite road ever. This video of snow blowing across another part of it in North Dakota…did not help.