For anyone interested in cities or urban studies, know this: the ‘city’ you have in your head, the one you think you’re living, breathing, existing in, is different from that in my mind, or anyone else talking to you, telling you about what they think a city is capable of, and what it does from day to day. This includes academics – not least esteemed urban sociologists and policy researchers from Goldsmiths and Harvard. We’re living in the same, different place. Continue reading
This is it, the last two days in a city I have come to call home. A last two days of strikes, excessive walking, eating Pret croissants and drinking Pret soy mocha, chomping Costcutter 30p continental rolls, and strolling in dry rain. The last two days in my room overlooking a postmodern office block and two trees. The last two days of being alone.
The rest of the post is in point form, it is my five most significant takeaways: Continue reading