For many of us the definition of a neighborhood can be many things. It’s a place we can call home, it’s where our friends and family live, it’s where we all come together and fortunately, in my neighborhood I am able to experience these things. This togetherness and union are what allow social capital to take place whether that be through public spaces like the park or through relationships among the citizens that live in my area. As Antonia Malchik says in her book A Walking Life, “a strong sense of community, defined by a quality that in research circles…


Diverse, alive, home. These three words are what I use to describe Rogers Park, a neighborhood located in Chicago’s far north side. During my adolescent years, I lived in the West Ridge Area, around by what many people call “Little India” located on Devon Avenue. Although I knew my way around my childhood neighborhood, I was unfamiliar with the history that surrounded this place. My research around the history of Rogers Park has helped me gain insight to the foundation and culture this neighborhood has carried for centuries. …


1) I think the authors really show the influence of the location where one lives and how that impacts their life. Malchik introduces the article with an unfortunate accident that resulted in a child’s death. The mom and the child were trying to cross a four-way street to get to their home, but while they were in the median the child let go of the mom’s head and was hit by a car. This incident shows how there is no walkability in this area which makes it harder for one to travel around their neighborhood because of how unsafe it…


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3) According to Jacobs, focal points are important for life of the street and downtown because it attracts a community and allows them to converge. As he says, “…it always makes your eyes pop”. Punctuations are also important because as one is walking, they can enjoy seeing the different statements the place is making. Jacob provides an example of contrasting streets. He says streets that have “an end in sight” are pleasurable to look at. Variety is important whether it be streets, buildings, or plants. This allows the walker to choose what is more comfortable to walk in. In…


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1) Krygier and Wood argue that maps are not representations but propositions. They argue that a map affirms the existence and location of subjects. The posting of these subjects affirms the word “this” and “there”. They explain maps contain thousands of postings that can be manipulated in construction. A map shows the atomic level from little things from a school or house of worship to bigger things like neighborhoods or cities.

2) My understanding of Chicago did not change after viewing the maps or pictures. Most of the pictures showed the difference between the north and south areas of…


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1) I strongly agree with this statement. Social capital is relationships among the members of a certain community. As the reading states, “… a strong sense of community, defined by a quality that in research circles has been termed ‘social capital’” (Malchik). I think in order for a community to fully prosper, the acts of social capitalism should be apparent. It allows people to work together efficiently and continue towards a path of growth. If social capital didn’t exist, chaos would reign, and nothing will ever get done. Public infrastructure is a big component for social capital to…


Date: 10/18/20

Time: 7:45–8:30am

Location: Farmer’s Market in Downtown Skokie

A cool breeze blew past me as I strolled towards the farmer’s market. It was a quiet morning, and the skies were blanketed with clouds and I could feel a little drizzle touch my jacket. It was around 50 degrees and a gloomy day to go shopping for produce. Despite this, my fascination and interest of heirloom fruits and vegetables kept me going. First person I saw while walking towards the farmer’s market was a policeman. He was patrolling through the crowd, making sure everything was in order. He was…


1) One main point I got reading this was men have an “easier time” walking around alone than women do. Men have freedoms women can only imagine when they want to be alone and enjoy walking. Even today women have to be extra careful of their surroundings and must keep their guard up when they are alone. Some even have to carry some sort of weapon so if something unfortunate does happen, they have something to defend themselves. I think this is changes an experience of a walk because while one wants to enjoy a walk, there’s always something in…


Date: 10/3/2020

1:21pm –1:58 pm

Location: Glencoe Park

As soon as I arrived at the scene, I felt an intense feeling of blissfulness. It was around sixty degrees, there were a blanket of clouds covering the skies, and the crisp autumn wind was dominating the atmosphere. At first the ambience of this place was a bit gloomy. Since the clouds were covering the sun, there was not much sunlight, but changes later as I walk. On the bottom of Glencoe Park, there is a beach, so I was able to see the lake from where I was. The sky and…


1) I think Certeau titles the beginning “Walking in the City” at the top of the World Trade Center because I think he is observing what he sees from the top like how a walker observes the streets. He points out every single detail he sees like the waves in the water, how “immobilized” people look from his height, the contrasts of buildings and architectural figures. On top of the World Trade Center, he feels like a god, viewing the life that is passing on beneath him. He calls walking down below an “elementary form of this experience of the…

Prasanna Bharatia

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