Whenever we're shown pictures of the pyramids of Giza they tend to leave out the parts where there's a sea of humanity right next to them.

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@starwall Something something "The curious result was that frontier nostalgia became an important vehicle for expressing a peculiarly bourgeois form of antimodernism. The very men who most benefited from urban-industrial capitalism were among those who believed they must escape its debilitating effects. If the frontier was passing, then men who had the means to do so should preserve for themselves some remnant of its wild landscape so that they might enjoy the regeneration and renewal that came from sleeping under the stars, participating in blood sports, and living off the land. The frontier might be gone, but the frontier experience could still be had if only wilderness were preserved." something something

If people saw Cairo in all the pictures of the pyramids of giza they'd lose the mystique that bourgeois tourists are seeking from them.

williamcronon.net/writing/Trou

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It'll be interesting if the urban sprawl is ever allowed to envelop them.

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It'd be more honest to the plight of the people of modern Egypt that way.

@marsxyz @GreenandBlack @starwall Uh… the town right next to the great pyramids is not a slum. What makes you think otherwise?

@jkb @starwall @GreenandBlack I thought ot was Cairo slum suburbs.

I guess I'm wrong. Then it would even be better

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Architecture that is built with desert climate in mind that doesn't involve huge wasteful yards of lawngrass perhaps?

@starwall @marsxyz @GreenandBlack Haha yes maybe this and the fact that urban planning and building codes are way less strict than what we're used to in Europe. It looks chaotic and it certainly is dusty, but it's no slum.

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Hot take: use all that empty sand in the middle of the city as a testing ground for desert agroforestry

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