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

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Network Culture: The Culture of Distortion

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Emily

Before embarking on trips, I often incessantly google images of the places I am going to to further build my excitement. I look up pictures of everything from the scenery to the inside of my Airbnb to the interior of the restaurant I plan on visiting. Yet when I actually experience those places, I am far less enthralled with them …

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Viva Las Loss

In A Sense of Place, 10. Placemaking by Emily

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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How Vernacular Varies

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Emily

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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The Black Sheep of Phills

In A Sense of Place, 7. Sprawl and New Urbanism by Emily

I spent the first eighteen years of my life in a suburb called Pleasant Hills (dubbed “Phills” by high schoolers who also think it is far from pleasant). It is quite hilly, but I too believe living there for an extended period is not exactly pleasant. There are indubitably positive qualities such as the low crime rate and relatively low …

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Failing Water

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

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 Emily

“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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Socialites in Smorgasburg

In A Sense of Place, 4. The Social Life of Places by Emily

The beachfront area of East River State Park in Brooklyn boasts incredible views of the Manhattan skyline, arguably the biggest aspect that makes it such an attractive public place to spend time. In warm weather there are always a ton of people there, especially during Smorgasburg weekends where dozens of food tents are set up in the park. While it …

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Mental Maps of Hometowns

In A Sense of Place, 3. City Form and Orientation by Emily

I have never been able to fully grasp spatial concepts; when I try on shoes and put them back in the box, I still can never quite figure out how to place them so they both fit again. However, Kevin Lynch talks about mental maps in very logical and often spatial terms with different shaped designs in the margins of …

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Identity of Places and People

In A Sense of Place, 2. The Spirit of Place by Emily

In Reflections on the Emergence, Aspects and Essence of Place, Edward Relph comments on how little had been written about place in a non purely geographical sense when he first started thinking about the concept of place. Yet now, there are many books and articles about place discussed in terms of numerous specific focuses. Relph questions why the sudden interest …

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A Sweet Secret

In A Sense of Place, 1. The Experience of Place by Emily

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 Emily

“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 Emily

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? …