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What We Think We Need From a City

In New York City, A Sense of Place, Utopia by Emma

City planning is a peculiar thing, and I am in no way going to argue that I know anything about the complexities of population to acre ratio or the like. That said, I noticed in reading both of the arguments about StuyTown and Jane Jacobs’ writing that the general “ideal” of a city (that Jacobs argues against) does not appeal …

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The Tangle Beneath the Grid

In Orientation, New York City, A Sense of Place by Jacob Ford

I find I can get lost on the city’s other layers. Kevin Lynch asked citizens to draw maps of their home cities, but all maps were drawn flat, at a top-down perspective. Wayfinding arrows pointing up or down mean “forward” or “right here” more often than they actually mean up or down. Structures and the streets are seen as two separate …

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Complex City

In Orientation, New York City, A Sense of Place by Jaisal Kapoor

I’ve always been interested in the idea of new places. It’s strange how when first arriving in an unfamiliar place, you see it very differently from how you do after being there a few weeks, or even days. You no longer get lost as much, but the novelty of the being in another environment begins to wear off. In his novel …

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The “gem-like flame” of a City at Sunrise

In Orientation, New York City, A Sense of Place by Dylan Beach

Taking my cue from Alan Lightman’s refreshing discourse about memory’s hold on our habits of navigating familiar places, I’d like to write about a time of re-discovering, or re-navigating, an already familiar place. Immediately following my sophomore year at NYU, I landed a job, moved out to Brooklyn (Greenpoint), and bought a bike. With all these changes to my routine, …

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m86 to m14d

In City Form, New York City, A Sense of Place by Mark Strage

As I have grown up in New York I have always prided myself on my ability to move around it with ease. Growing up I always had a bike. This made me about five times faster than anybody else. Even a cab has nothing on a bike. You just hop on and go whenever you want. Now as an adult …

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Identifying A Church In Corona, Queens

In City Form, New York City, A Sense of Place by Amy

Lynch’s Image of the City accurately describes the differences between our cognitive maps and the geographic maps that help us navigate city streets. Our cognitive maps evolve from the experiences we have with space, but geographic maps rarely tell stories. Although there are stark differences between a cognitive and geographic map, they can also inform each other to help make …

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Where is Little Italy

In City Form, New York City, A Sense of Place by Prof

About a year ago I was approached by a group of tourists, armed with a map of whose effective I question, who posited a question that I found myself struggling to answer. Though not from New York, I have a very developed sense of direction, as do most men.  Nonetheless, I was puzzled when the couple asked me where in …

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Mercer or Wooster?

In City Form, New York City, A Sense of Place by Moi Nihalani

In the last few months I have had plenty of opportunities to explain my city to friends who come to visit or who are going to study away in Madrid. And of course, I take out my map of the city, and with my fingers I start tracing my steps through the streets of the city. I find myself projecting …

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New York ‘Public’ Transportation

In Social Spaces, New York City, A Sense of Place by Dylan Beach

I’m not exactly sure what constitutes as ‘public space’ in America today. The British, as early as the late 12th Century, started privatizing what might have been known as ‘public space’ (a process known as Enclosure). Therefore, it is arguable that the Western World, including New York, doesn’t really have ‘public space,’ for there are certainly no ejidos to be …