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Week 5

One’s gender greatly affects their experience and ability to walk. If you are a woman you must keep in mind where you are walking and what time you are walking. I’d say most women don’t want to find themselves in sticky situations where no one can help them so most avoid areas with not a lot of people around to witness what could go down and if the sticky situation does end up happening they need something that can assist them in getting away such as pepper spray and mini tasers. For these reasons walking may be harder…


The first thing people think about for why people go on walks is to clear one’s mind, but over the course of Discover Chicago the ideas of walkability, social capital, the rights to a city, and many other ideas associated with walking have been brought up and connected. My proposition brings these ideas full circle back to the idea that walks are most generally to clear one’s head and to relax.

Here is the map of the neighborhood I grew up in. It’s a peaceful community that has everything someone needs to live and has several activities and areas for…


Week 8

My understanding of Chicago not so many changes but expands upon what I thought it was when I look at a map. I’d say for most people their view of a city is based upon what they have seen of the city. I’ve only been to the heart of New York so New York is just Times Square and nothing else. This is what most people tend to do in my opinion and I do this as well. In my hometown of Memphis, TN I live downtown so when people talk about Memphis I think of downtown. Now…


Malchik describes social capital as neighborliness and goes on to say that walking throughout your neighborhood and interacting with others creates that feeling of neighborliness. My community supports walkability a little bit. We have several parks and a zoo nearby to walk through and build up that sense of neighborliness through the sharing of a lovely walk on an autumn day or looking at all the animals in the zoo. I think my community’s walkability hasn’t really helped my own social capital all too much, but I do know that around the corner from my apartment there is an old…


6:20

my journey downtown begins. I notice that it’s not that cold despite it being the afternoon and it’s pretty bright outside so I put on a hoodie and set sail on my adventure. Also very active noise wise. The sounds of cars making their way home, buses hauling people around, and people going outside and walking for themselves made it seem as if it were the middle of the day. Also to note that there were no particularly strong smells.

6:23

I take a pic of hotel Lincoln and notice that there is a restaurant at the bottom…


What does de Certeau mean when he writes, “Surveys of routes miss what was: the act itself of passing by(.)” (p. 97)?

de Certeau states earlier in the passage saying that routes and paths walked can be traced on maps, and we can tell where the person(s) were going based on how worn the trail was, but then goes on to write, “Surveys of routes miss what was: the act itself of passing by(.)” The meaning behind this statement is that we know what paths are taken and how often, but we do not know the reasons behind those paths…


My walk this week took me downtown to the Loop student center and down Michigan Ave. The ambiance of a place will most definitely sway your opinion on it. As I walked throughout the city the thoughts of what and who comes before and after come up. The answer is both and neither at the same time. Everything happens at once. All experiences and events occur in these same fragments of time. People just going out for a walk, going to work, getting a bite to eat, or walking the dog. And as we walk these streets occasionally or regularly…


How and why are walking and thinking related? Can you provide examples of “arranging adjectives in my mind” from your walk?

Walking and thinking are related because they go hand in hand. Walking allows us to explore and engage in the community around us. As you walk throughout a city, along a trail, or even around the block you are looking around and processing the things that happen. And when processing the events that happen around you it’s only fair that questions will arise when doing so. For example, you smell something really good while on a walk. You will…

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