(Monroe, MI) There is a certain irony in this image, which was taken while traveling northbound on I-75 in southeastern Michigan. In the foreground is the Monroe Wastewater Treatment Plant
, which ostensibly serves to mitigate the effects of human habitation on the environment.
In the background are smokestacks of the coal-powered Edison generating plant, long a contributor to local pollution (though admittedly scrubbers were added in the last few years to reduce sulphur-based emissions).
Perhaps one day there will be special lines of urban clothing
to compensate for the toxins we regularly ingest. I am thinking, though, that such outfits would have more in common with biohazard suits than with the baggy pants so beloved by today's trendy fashionistas.