There’s a live electric socket dangling over a fence about a block from my apartment.

December 8th, 2002, 12pm

Every day, on my way to work, I see the same guy on a motorcycle use it to charge his phone and power his electric razor. I think he’s a courier. A friend sometimes keeps him company while he shaves.

At night, a taco place and burrito cart use the power to transform this drab street corner into a popular, lively night market that goes until about 4am. Without the presence of this pop-up market, the street would be dangerously dark.

Something something plug-and-play city, something something “the city is here for you to use” (

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Emmanuel Quartey

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