עִיר Strong’s #5892 iyr

And YHWH came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

Genesis 11:5

Do cities sometime appear as “dark” places? The Ancient Hebrews seemed to think so. The Hebrew parent root ar can mean a “city” or an “enemy.” Take a look at these other Hebrew words, all with the ar root within them. Ariyph is a cloud; sa’ar is a storm; arav is to grow dark; ur is blind; ya’ar is a forest; iyr is a city; sho’ar is offensive or vile and arphel (origins of awful?) is a thick darkness.