The Bothersome Beauty of Pigeons

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"The Bothersome Beauty of Pigeons"

In the essay, "The Bothersome Beauty of Pigeons," Bruce Ballenger initially compares the street vendors in one of Florence's piazzas to the urban pigeons we are so familiar with. He elogently describes the vendors as marvelous spectacles who add culture and life to urban areas. While they are considered a neusance to a lot of people, they also hold a certain beauty. They are much like the pigeons, and there seems to be a war against both the illegal street vendors and the city pigeon. It is a war where there are no hearts involved. The police almost turn a blind eye toward the illegal act of vending without a liscense, much like the average person tolerates the pigeon. I think that Ballenger's
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22). The essay also explores the quality in humans to want to connect to nature; pigeons are a transition from nature to urban areas. Ballenger comes to a conclusion as to why we don't completely exterminate the species when he states, "'pigeon control' is a war that we will never win because we also battle our own conflicting desires: the

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