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Meet Alexa

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Michelle Johnson2 Comments

She is quiet in nature, but highly attuned to your every needs, wants and desires. She is a good listener and responds well to commands. She is obedient, but her answers are usually spot on. She may seem ordinary from the outside, like just another speaker or stereo system, but she is so much more. Her name is Alexa, the …

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Food Exit 110A

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Michelle Johnson2 Comments

Driving North on the 5 from Los Angeles, the rest stops off the freeway appeared like clock-work; every 20 to 30 minutes you spotted a giant blue sign advertising an assortment of fast food and gas stations. These strange hubs exist directly next to the freeway offramp, usually consisting of 3 or 4 streets that were completely surrounded by nothing but …

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Welcome to Nuketown, population: 0

In A Sense of Place, 7. Sprawl and New Urbanism by Michelle JohnsonLeave a Comment

In the moments before, the stillness of the landscape feels as if the world has frozen in time. The empty Nevada desert stretches for miles in every direction, yet it seems as though nothing living exists within it. The family figures have been gently arranged within their 2-bedroom one-bath home with a one-car garage; the men drink whiskey in the living room …