If you want to know the secret of city magic, it’s quite simple, I’ll tell you…
Go for a walk. The city is a reflection of ourselves. The front streets, those named and numbered streets, they are our conscious and public selves. The back alleys, the nameless streets, they are our deeper and hidden selves. There you will see garbage, graffiti gardens, and compost heaps. Growth, decay, and the discarded and ignored.
Go for a walk. Circle. See the front beautiful and perfect, then the back a messy ruin. See a busy growing glorious disaster of a back yard, then go around and see its boring facade. When you become comfortable with both sides of the city, you begin to see both sides of its people, you’ll have more access to both sides of yourself.
Keep walking, the city itself will teach you magic.