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I have been reflecting on some of the issues raised in my A road not taken post. In particular, I have been thinking about a comment left by Kate Bowles. She brought desire paths to my attention. Kate observes that the essence of a successful desire path is that it represents shared decision-making between separate users who don’t formally cooperate. So a desire path is both a coherent expression of collective effort, and completely unplanned — in fact, it’s the opposite of planning. Simply, each one puts her or his foot where it feels most sensible, and the result is a...