March 2010 Blog Posts (3)

pancake city

Los Angeles is a horizontal city. It has features in common with many desert and/or western cities: it's big, sprawling and flat. This produces numerous urban phenomena that seem strange to me, having only lived in vertical cities (New York) and small, contained eastern cities (Baltimore). Here are two:

1. Helicopters. I'm sure the NYPD has helicopters, but only an insane person or an action movie director would dream of a police helicopter chase through New York City. But the… Continue

Added by Laura D on March 23, 2010 at 11:49pm — 2 Comments

My Life in Geography

How do the places we've lived define us? Where we were born versus where we choose to reside? By way of my introduction on this blog, let's explore.

I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, a city perhaps best known as the location of the HBO crime drama The Wire. Baltimore is 65% Black. My neighborhood was entirely white. At the opposite end of the neighborhood from our house were multimillion-dollar homes belonging to people who were most definitely not in the same class as us. Our house… Continue

Added by Laura D on March 18, 2010 at 1:04am — 3 Comments

Perpetual Impermanence

Came across this article in the Times today called The Psychology of Moving, and it reminded me of something I've been thinking.

When we decided to do this travel thing, the focus was on the upheaval we would experience, how we would be breaking out of our settled lives in NYC. How would we deal with the lack of permanence?

But once we left, I realized that I had never felt truly… Continue

Added by Anna on March 1, 2010 at 3:21pm — 4 Comments

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