Several weeks ago I stopped at a corner a few blocks north of downtown St Louis and snapped this photo.

St Louis Skyline   November 2013

I like the way the city looks open here.  Streets at this intersection give a sense of urban fabric stretched.  The Arch and distant skyscrapers dwarfed by a wide expanse of sky.  Buildings nearby low, bowing to the sky above.  The lonely traffic signal standing duty while brethren poles scatter, distant and silent.

The typically high density city has broken open allowing its dwellers who have eyes to see it framed by space, solitude.

It is a view which gives respite for a moment from the city.  That moment may be all that’s necessary for a person in the next moment to re-enter urban life.