Photo Feature by Erasmo Calzadilla

HAVANA TIMES – Last weekend I cycled from my suburban neighborhood to downtown Dallas. I thought I was going to deal with a dangerous and annoying traffic but instead I found a network of tree-lined cycle paths, one of whose branches leads up quite close to the city center.

I still cannot connect spiritually with this city. It all seems so gray and strange that it reminds me of a Doors song (People are strange). But this time it was different.

I entered the city through a peculiar neighborhood called Deep Ellum. Old buildings decorated with graffiti in full color, young people hanging out, zero stress, tattoos and flashy hairstyles, joy, good vibes… A little mole in the middle of “the other”.

However, something inauthentic was in the air, the veil of falsehood that covers all the sites made up for the arrival of tourists, I suppose.

Another detail that caught my attention was the types of murals. Almost all I saw had a purely aesthetic purpose; not the slight echo of a social struggle could I perceive in them. As if the grayness of capitalism only had a counterbalance in the misplaced imagery of cyberpunks or the colorful hippies and gays. Nothing that would aspire even a Bansky, much less the political graffiti of the Logan district in San Diego.

 

And the infamous cult of  sports that spreads among the human mass of the globe also has its place in Deep Ellum, as a preamble to what you’ll find in downtown and the rest of the city.

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Erasmo Calzadilla

Erasmo Calzadilla: I find it difficult to introduce myself in public. I've tried many times but it doesn’t flow. I’m more less how I appear in my posts, add some unpresentable qualities and stir; that should do for a first approach. If you want to dig a little deeper, ask me for an appointment and wait for a reply.

14 thoughts on “What I Saw on a Sunday Adventure to Downtown Dallas

  • White man? Hahaha! Frederick Douglass raged against injustice. His world view at the time was antislavery. Politically, he was openly pro-US Constitution. What verter avatar to rage against Castro tyranny?

  • Another vapid comment from the troll who calls himself Moses Patterson and has the nerve to use as his profile picture a man who was very critical of the United States, Frederick Douglass. What is the name of that white man behind the curtain?

  • And he is hilarious, in a grumpy way. Everyone doesn’t have to be “nice”.

  • Hey Erasmo. We had a great bike tour with you last April in Havana. To your critics: the great thing about Erasmo is that he takes his intelligent, critical point of view everywhere. The two countries he has lived in are both flawed, of course, because all countries are flawed. He has thanked US citizens for support in earlier posts. I spent a lot of time in Cuba explaining to people that the US and Canada both have deep and terrible problems – in Canada, mostly if you are First Nations and especially on some rural reserves. Keep up the interesting writing, Erasmo.

    Leslie (and Frank) from Alberta, Canada

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