When American troops landed on south Pacific islands and New Guinea during World War II, they brought many of the comforts of home with them: Hershey bars, radios, powdered milk, and SPAM. The island natives saw the this cargo arriving as if sent from heaven when Sea Bees bulldozed airstrips through the jungles and men with radios and signal lights directed cargo planes to land on these strips.
When the American G.I.s left after the end of WWII, the manna from heaven stopped flowing. In attempts to get cargo fall from the sky again, islanders imitated the same practices they had seen the soldiers, sailors and airmen use. They carved headphones from wood and wore them while sitting in fabricated control towers. They waved the landing signals while standing on the runways. They lit signal fires and torches to light up runways and lighthouses.
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El Paso is my home town (I live 50 miles away in Las Cruces) and it has a strong car culture. They added bike lanes near my old house and the residents went into a frenzy about how they were wasting space and needed to be removed. Maybe they were right. Nobody seems to use them.
It is unfortunate, but, from my biased point of view, this part of the country thinks that cars are the only way to get around and the cities were designed as such. When I do commute on my bike, I don't feel very safe.