INVISIBILITY: Just because you can’t see it (or prefer not to) doesn’t mean . . .

   man sleeping under sidewalk - top half only

You are warmly invited to comment on all or any of these.

* Latest PDF version  at

invisible cyclists - bit larger

invisible people

bus stop vagrant sleeping

invisible car-smaller

ghost cycle 2

germany invisible car mercedes


carshare-only - Copie

wpd-sidewalk man sleeping

I had  considered writing a few words to introduce or explain each of these images, since there is a story behind each. But upon reflection I decided to leave it to the photos and you. A bit like Songs without Words.

(That said, on the World Streets Facebook site at, you will find comments and background on most of these.)

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Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Educated as an international development economist, Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher and sustainability activist who has worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change, civil society and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities | See Britton online at and @ericbritton

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5 thoughts on “INVISIBILITY: Just because you can’t see it (or prefer not to) doesn’t mean . . .

  1. Jozef Zuallaert writes on this date:

    “That may be very well, I said
    But watch the one fallin’ in the street
    See him gesture to his neighbors
    And see him trampled beneath their feet

    All outward motion connects to nothin’
    For each is concerned with their immediate need
    Witness the man reachin’ up from the gutter
    See the other one stumblin’ on who can not see

    Read more: Nick Cave & The Bad Seed – As I Sat Sadly By Her Side Lyrics

  2. Anzir Boodoo commented

    ‘Then she drew the curtains down
    And said, “When will you ever learn
    That what happens there beyond the glass
    Is simply none of your concern?

    ‘God has given you but one heart
    You are not a home for the hearts of your brothers
    And God don’t care for your benevolence
    Anymore than he cares for the lack of it in others”‘. (ibid)

    — Although I like to think we have good reason to counter that!

  3. Indeed Anzir, one can draw the curtains down or up in – house. Outside, on street the curtains are your eyelids. Once in a while one has to open the eyelids and be confronted with visible inequity on street all along.


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