Containers have certainly shaped the way 'Edgelands' are formed; The word used in this book used to describe the borders of urbanised space, the abandoned factories, where only a paved space is left visible, weeds protruding with the direction of the sun.
For me, I feel a tremendous affinity to such spaces; away from the eyes of normal society, and maybe not here in the UK, but in America and other European places, the home or resting situation of our world's transients, outsiders - people who sleep on the ground. I have spent countless time in these Non-places, ants crawling, leafless trees not attempting to obscure the rain on my head. They often surround train yards and other industrial infrastructure sites. In this sense for America, they're like lobbies. A place of wait - before the next movement begins.
They have shaped the way this land is structured, reduction in space, in time of transit in infrastructure, there will often be a container to sleep in on these lands, and the trains are now loaded with these ambiguous objects of movement, unrideable to the large part, so one must look to other kinds of freight trains to mount for a journey. In this sense they're double-edged swords.
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