Posted September 22nd 2014 at 12:18 pm by
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Sidewalk Expander Street Chair

Ramadan Rush Hour Street Chair

Cairo, Egypt (July 2014)

This photo was taken in the early evening on July 6, 2014. It was Ramadan, so the last hours before sundown were reserved for final purchases of food and drink, and hurried travel to a chair and a table to celebrate the breaking of the fast.  Much as the concrete lane dividers on bridges are moved to accommodate varying levels of traffic, this empty chair and table were used as temporary sidewalk expanders, rather than as a place to rest.  As Cairenes swarmed through crowded streets, this chair and table prompted automobiles of all kinds to avoid a small strip of road, offering pedestrians additional space and safety at a crucial time. Like many things I encountered while traveling in Egypt (crosswalks, taxi fares, etc.), this practice was informal and unregulated; in this particular situation, said practice seemed to work.

This post is part of a photographic series documenting street chairs in different cities around the world.

Photo & post by Justin Coniaris.

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