There are many reasons why I decided to launch Street Lark. But I think what matters most is the reason why I believe in it. French novelist, Marcel Proust, once wrote “the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Admittedly, I discovered this bit of genius while trying to come up with a clever “travel quote” for the next caption of my next social post. But the concept wasn’t new to me.
This quote, at least my interpretation of it, perfectly conveys my belief in Street Lark (albeit, more eloquently). After immediately identifying with the words of Proust, I decided to do some quick research to find more context. As it turns out, this quote comes from a novel written by Proust called À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time). According to one source, this book is composed of 1,267,069 words and holds the record as longest book in the world. That’s when I realized my research needed to come to an end or it wouldn’t be quick at all. Although, I did find a few more bits of genius before calling it quits...
“…if we visited Mars or Venus keeping the same senses, they would clothe in the same aspect as the things of the earth everything that we should be capable of seeing. The only true voyage of discovery, the only fountain of Eternal Youth, would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to behold the universe through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to behold the hundred universes that each of them beholds.”
My aim for Street Lark is to promote learning through the perspective of others. I believe this practice leads to better understanding of others and ourselves. Whether someone finds Pittsburgh to be “strange land” or a place where even the road systems are easily navigable, there is always opportunity for discovery. To truly connect with, and understand a place, I believe you must connect with its people. The goal of Street Lark is to tell the different stories of Pittsburgh(ers), so people can behold the city through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to behold the hundred Pittsburghs that each of them beholds.
Also, I happen to think this type of voyage of discovery sounds fun! And I intend to make it just that.
Carly from Street Lark