So everyone can agree it’s been ridiculously hot this summer. In fact, June was a record-breaking month for temperatures. The NY Times‘ City Room blog recently discussed how the heat is counter-intuitively hurting business for ice cream trucks around New York. Drivers are reporting the streets to be largely deserted as people are seeking relief at swimming pools or staying indoors in air-conditioning.
Heat-induced deserted streets are an interesting phenomenon and can really change how we use the city. What have your observations been this summer during the heat wave? What are your own personal behaviors? Do you lock yourself in the air-conditioning or go out for a bike ride? What does it all mean for the street life of the cit? Discuss in the comments.
Also interesting: The Filson Historical Society just issued a series of postcards depicting scenes from its special collections of locals enjoying summers past in an age without air conditioning. (Hat tip to my old neighborhood blog EV Grieve for the video. )