Assignment 1: The Urban at 1st Glance

For Assignment 1, I would like you to walk around the city for at least one hour.

As you walk, and afterwards, contemplate what we mean by poverty and affluence and the different factors that contribute to both. Think about our discussion from the first class – about poverty and affluence, about cities, and what cities are. How is poverty and affluence expressed in the elements of the city and in the physical arrangement of the city? Think about the city as a whole. About its different neighborhoods. Who are the different ‘who’s’ that live in the city and who lives where? Where are those who don’t live anywhere?  Think about what the different resources are that one needs to live in the city. How resources are distributed in the city, both how are they geographically arranged and who determines their arrangement?

As you walk, you should take notes and pictures if possible.

Please also include a description of where you walked.

These should be about 300-500 words.

DUE: Bring a digital copy of Assignment 1 to class on Wednesday 9/7/16.


After your walk, you are to add a post to the blog about things that stuck out to you or seemed significant to you with respect to the questions and prompts above.  Include specific examples and descriptions from your walk to illustrate your writing.  The inclusion of photos in your responses is greatly encouraged.

At the top of your post, please include a paragraph describing where you walked – general neighborhood, significant street or other landmark.

Please mark the category as “Assignment 1: Urban at 1st Glance”, and include at least 3 tags (no more than 10).

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