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Seneca may have disapproved of them, but roof gardens are part of the poetry of urban life

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Roof terraces do redeem the city. All gardens are refuges, but a garden in the sky offers a special dispensation—the chance to still live in the frantic world without, momentarily, participating. Think of it as like living in a lighthouse: a maritime address that doesn’t entail living in the sea. Of course, we aren’t up here all the time, but at least once every day of the year it’s imperative to see the plants are not parched or swept away or frozen, which sometimes means leaving footprints in virgin frost. We inspect the state of neighbouring…

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