Throughout this week, CityLab is running a series on borders—both real and imagined—and what draws so many of us to places on the edge.
From a hill, a woman surveys a swath of rolling land, quilted with fields and small houses. Two kids toddle toward the camera, but the woman’s back is in the center of the frame. She has draped a beach towel around her shoulders. A barrette lifts her hair from her neck, and the pattern is visible: the American flag, and an eagle with outstretched, gilded wings.