Monthly Archives: January 2018

Application of Readings: Sutton, Massachusetts

For the past decade, I have lived within Sutton, Massachusetts: A small, rural town about fifteen minutes from larger cities like Worcester, and 30 minutes from Boston. Prior to residing here, my family lived in a more urban, city-like environment. … Continue reading

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A new point of view by Tania Cerquiglini

I’m a commuter. I’ve reached Perugia by train to go to university in the last three years. I’ve walked across his sidewalks for three years. At the same time, for three years, I saw a guy, from up Oberdan Street, … Continue reading

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New Jersey Places

I live in Cranford, New Jersey which is a small suburban town outside of New York City. I have lived here my whole life and growing up with access to a big city has shaped who I am today. With … Continue reading

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A Barricade Turned Attraction

When we discussed what makes a good space on the first day of class we forgot to mention walls. Specifically, ones that were constructed in the second half of the 3rd century B.C. Perugia’s sidewalks are downright divergent from any … Continue reading

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Jane Jacobs: A reflection by Rachel Friedman

Jane Jacobs is a name I hadn’t heard before entering this class, yet its someone with such great influence. Her story intrigues me because she is simply one women, who was able to see beyond what most city planners could. … Continue reading

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Placemaking: Home and Abroad

Based on what we have learned so far and what I already knew, I have come to truly appreciate the concept of placemaking. Jane Jacobs discusses several key points in her essay, most notably the fact that one must correspond … Continue reading

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Street Lights: a journal entry by Amy Mullowney (not a Kanye song)

In chapter two of “Life and Death of Great American Cities,” Jane Jacobs examines sidewalks, focusing particularly on their safety and how they are used. She says, “If a city’s streets look interesting, the city looks interesting; if they look … Continue reading

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6th Street: A look at Austin, Texas’s street safety through its nightlife.

Following our reading of Jane Jacobs, I began to see my own streets through the lens she brings to sidewalks, streets, and safety. In Austin, Texas, it is true that I feel much more comfortable in areas that are highly … Continue reading

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Placemaking: A Spectrum Worldwide By: Shelby Goode

After Reading the death “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” by Jane Jacobs, I am reminded of the many variations and aspects a city can signify for people. When I think of a city, I immediately think of … Continue reading

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Discovering Perugia

I’m excited to meet local Perugians and discover how their neighborhood functions. We learned a lot about placemaking and have already discussed some different factors that our class believes would be beneficial to creating a sustainable living space. We read … Continue reading

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