With their endless skyscrapers and traffic, metropolitan areas have a little bit of everything. With large population comes the need for certain precautions, and cities need to keep their citizens safe. This sometimes leads to some very subtle tactics.
During a busy commute, you may not have time to notice subtle details around town. Life moves fast and everything seems like a blur. It turns out that you should slow down for a moment and pay attention...cause your local city may be trying to control you.
Although you may expect Rod Serling to show up and explain some other-worldly scenario, we aren't talking about some parallel universe. Cities use sly tactics to control the behavior of citizens to keep us safe and to keep things civil. You may recognize a few of these in your neck of the woods.
Have you ever encountered the dreaded half-bench? You may find it at train stations and other public transit stations. It is designed to deter you from sleeping there or overstaying your welcome — clearly, it's not always 100 percent effective.
How do you act when you see a cop car sitting in a parking lot? You are most likely on your very best behavior. Police cruisers don't even need officers in them for you to obey the law, and that is the entire idea behind leaving police vehicles in random places across town. THEY ARE ALWAYS WATCHING, EVEN WHEN THEY AREN'T.
Areas that seem riddled with obvious security cameras are places where people are more likely to respect the law. The trick? Many of these cameras may simply be decoys — security cameras that don't really work, but they definitely do the trick.
Isn't there something so artsy and fun about seeing sticker art all over town? Some cities line their poles with anti-sticker covers to prevent this creative expression. Freedom of speech does not apply to stickers being placed where they don't belong — sigh.
If you notice spikes or slopes placed under a bridge, it isn't simply for artistic flair. These details are added to keep people from camping underneath the bridge since sleeping on top of spikes would be more than a little uncomfortable. These added features are very strategic.
You've definitely seen some of these artsy triangles in a major city, and you most likely thought nothing of it. They are placed there to keep people moving, especially those who are looking to take a nap. No snoozing on these sneaky public details.
Metal studs placed on poles and bench areas are no mistake. These aim to keep skateboarders away, and those who attempt to skate these areas won't be happy when they end up injuring themselves or breaking their board. Skateboarder discrimination is very real!
This bench may have an armrest, but this design is anything but inviting. The armrest is intended to keep people from laying down and getting comfortable. They definitely win this time — there is nothing relaxing about this set-up.
Although cities mainly put these small details into place to keep us safe, we can't help but wonder what else we have been missing in places we visit every single day. These benches with seemingly-innocent armrests are specifically designed to keep the homeless from sleeping there. Metal studs keep skateboarders from grinding rails and walls—sending them somewhere else.
There's no erasing this information — public areas in your city may be at work to get you to comply with all of their hidden clues. What may look like a fun design may really be a distraction to get you to give in to their demands. Seem unlikely to you? Simply take a look around and decide.