Gallatin Senior at NYU with a concentration in New Media Writing with an emphasis on Identity Formation.

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Viva Las Loss

In A Sense of Place, 10. Placemaking by Emily2 Comments

I hate Las Vegas. I had a lot of fun there, but I hate the place. It is a city that is entirely built for tourists. Everything in the main area of the city felt inauthentic, because it was. Was it cool to visit replicas of the Sphinx, Paris, New York, and Venice in one American city? Absolutely. But I …

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Outlet Malls: The Opposite of a Box of Chocolates

In A Sense of Place, 9. Placelessness by Emily1 Comment

Having a fairly large family, I have attended many college tours that involved road trips across America. I have ridden through states with their own distinct characteristics from one another, but there is one constant that every state in America has multiple of: outlet malls. While there are countless places I have visited with a strong sense of place, outlet …

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How Vernacular Varies

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by EmilyLeave a Comment

Irish cottages are often thought of as quaint and authentic, but when they are built in a certain time with certain motives and in a certain way, they are anything but truly authentic. Irish cottages are an interesting example of vernacular architecture because they do not always qualify as vernacular.   Thatched roofed cottages were shaped organically by Irish people …

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Failing Water

In A Sense of Place, 6. Shock of the New by Emily1 Comment

My grandparents have a quaint cottage about thirty minutes from the famous house, Fallingwater, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and the architectural styles of the two homes could not be more different. My grandparents’ cottage is unassuming; it mixes many styles that reflect my entire family’s collective personality. It has a strong familial and welcoming sense of place that inspires …

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City Life and the Life of Cities

In A Sense of Place, 5. Visions of Utopia by Emily1 Comment

“Almost without exception the projects have one standard solution for every need: commerce, medicine, culture, government—whatever the activity, they take a part of the city’s life, abstract it from the hustle and bustle of downtown, and set it, like a self-sufficient island, in majestic isolation.” One of the main themes in Jane Jacobs’ writings of  “Downtown is for the People” …

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A Sweet Secret

In A Sense of Place, 1. The Experience of Place by Emily1 Comment

I turn down one small alley after another, following a procession of loud, drunk tourists and study abroad students using precious data to look at maps on their phones. They stumble down one wrong street after another, the stucco roofed apartments blending into each other. I left my phone at home and instead let my nose lead me to the …

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A Guide to the Guide Books

In The Travel Habit, WPA guidebooks by Emily4 Comments

“The American Guide Series: Patriotism as Brand-Name Identification” by Andrew S. Gross critiques the WPA American Guide Series. The guides were part of a government program to put thousands of out of work writers to work again. Gross claims that a guide book “…transforms local culture into a tourist attraction, and the tourist attraction into a symbol of national loyalty” …

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Appreciating America

In The Travel Habit, Tourism during the Depression by Emily1 Comment

The first chapter of Double-Crossing America by Roland Wild explores the struggles of the narrator’s road trip to San Francisco. Unlike the other selections we read this semester, the travelers in this story are an upper middle class couple traveling with their daughter and their daughter’s nanny. While I am certainly not as wealthy as the narrator (16 room house? …