There are, as I’ve said, a few cobblestone streets in Charleston, SC. People drive on them, ride bikes on them, walk on them, and not surprisingly, they photograph them (yes, I’m guilty). If you want texture in a photograph, a cobblestone street can be just the thing. If the light’s right, you can get some interesting shadows. Hey, how many street surfaces do you know of that actually throw shadows?
They do have a downside, though. Walking on them can be uncomfortable. I saw a woman park her car on one side of this street, get out, and walk the 15 feet or so to the other side as if she was barefoot and walking on hot asphalt. She was wearing flats of some kind, so there probably wasn’t much between the stones and the bottoms of her feet. Obviously, it hurt a little.
Heck, I was wearing running shoes with fairly thick soles and I didn’t like it much. I’ve hiked on mountain trails in the southwest that are smoother than these things. So who the hell designed them, anyway? Did they do it to keep horses and buggies from going too fast (18th and 19th century speed-bumps), or were they just being sadistic? If they could make buildings with smooth walls, why not roads with smooth surfaces?
I’m sure there’s a simple, logical reason. I just can’t seem to think of one.