What city walking experiences do you have in common with the writer? What in your experience is different from what he wrote about? What do you think of the power of serendipity to “expose our commonalities,” as he puts it?
I travel a lot every day, mainly by car but the destinations are quite far from one another and its usually form Yonkers where I currently resign to either see my family in South Brooklyn or to school in Downtown Brooklyn. I also travel 3 days a week to work in Soho which is an adventure because I usually find parking a few blocks away from work and I love to walk through the little streets of Soho. There are so many great things that you see there, such as boutique stores, bars, restaurants, art exhibits, etc. The best part are the people though, locals do not tend to converse too much with outsiders but sometimes you get those chatty people that love it. Some people are very welcoming but like city dogs, they just walk past you and not make eye contact, as opposed to Brooklyn where I originally grew up, where everyone would hangout together regardless what race or ethnicity group you were from. We all had something in common with one another and that was emotion and happiness sharing time with each other and stopping in the middle of a walk to the store and speaking with locals. People from these two cities are very different. Cadogan says “the power of serendipity to “expose our commonalities” means that we are all humans and we share so many things together. People should have a positive outlook on other people and life in general. The one thing we all in common, is emotion and that brings the world and people together. Positivity should be shared and spread.
Do people have a right to the city? Do longtime residents and businesses have a right to remain where they are? If so, how should local governments, urban planners, and other decision-makers ensure these rights are maintained?
I believe that people do have the right to the city because they live there. They are raising families there. They vote and have human rights to the city. Long time residents and businesses also have the right to remain where they are because they are serving the community for many years, they pay rent, and they spread diversity and culture through out the city, bringing people together. Local governments, urban planners and other decision makers should ensure that these rights are maintained by giving residents and business owners a chance to move else where. Finding them a space to relocate and to ensure that everyone in the community knows about it