The Minneapolitan Urban Studies Nerd, Now In New York City
Fog, Long Island City, 2011
“After all is said and done and developed, grafting an organic identity onto such spaces is a long, arduous process. It’s the difference between building a neighborhood where people will live versus building a neighborhood where people want to live.” - Kim Velsey, The New York Observer
I don’t think I had specific expectations of neighborliness when I first moved from California to New York. If someone had asked me, I would have probably guessed that things in my new neighborhood wouldn’t have been that different from parts of the Bay Area; a steady flow of people moving in and out of apartments on the block, and people often passing each other on the street with heads down, without stopping to say hello.
Instead, I ended up in a neighborhood that reminds me of Sesame Street…