Tanvi Misra is a staff writer for CityLab covering immigrant communities, housing, economic inequality, and culture. She also authors Navigator, a weekly newsletter for urban explorers (subscribe here). Her work also appears in The Atlantic, NPR, and BBC.
Hello, and happy weekend!
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And now, the good stuff: A number of you wrote back to me after I asked for your thoughts on the link between loneliness and geography. I wanted to share some excerpts:
Andrew Aldrich, Oakland:
Loneliness is not about being alone, really. It's about feeling a mismatch between oneself and one's environment.
The great question debated by philosophers of place is whether suburbia is, by nature, alienating. Does the “geography of nowhere”—places that are neither country nor city, and that look virtually identical to other such places, not just around the country but around the modern world, create souls that feel like ciphers in a technologically reproduced environment where they cannot feel fully alive? Reading or watching novels or movies that celebrate suburbia, one gets the feeling that that can't be the whole story. There is life in the suburbs. And yet, the ghost of Columbine must plague our thoughts about this. Has the culture of suburban modernity helped foster the alienation of young people?
Angela Conte, Santa Rosa:
Ali Amani, Kabul:
City life is always pretty fast-paced. There is a non stop cycle of competition, pressure, and mental stimulation directed towards the individual. Our physical, social, and mental capacities are limited and we cannot cope up with all the pressures in the long run; therefore, as a defense mechanism, we attempt to protect our individualities and isolate ourselves in the process.
What we’ve been writing:
This Estonian city has a new logo: a cannabis leaf. ¤ The story of the man who documented Toronto’s formative years. ¤ What Ecatepec de Morelos, Los Angeles, and Istanbul have in common. ¤ London’s tube gets in touch with its feminist side. ¤ The digital jukebox “erodes the premise of quaint regionalism as bars of all kinds transform into Top 40 danceries.” ¤
What we’ve been taking in:
@dr_zmo photographed an Orthodox church in Jerusalem, @halfco captured the mouth of a Paris metro stop, @mallory_wanders took in a rainy Rome scene, and @enkrall shot a van by the sea in Santo Domingo.
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