One aspect of urban living is the fire escape. It’s essential for those living in multi-level buildings. For the most part they seem rusted, unused – as if a vestigal organ appended to the building wall. Some building inhabitants make use of the fire escape as if it were a balcony extension to their urban home. Sometimes they put plants out on the ledges, hang laundry out to dry or just hang out along the railing to enjoy an evening smoke.