URST-201 Spring 2017

Again for Spring 2017, I assigned Global Cities, Local Streets: Everyday Diversity from New York to Shanghai to my class (Urban Studies 201) “From Hartford to World Cities” at Trinity College. To help the students get more out of the book and connect it to local shops beyond the six global cities covered by the… Continue Reading

Yo Ya May in Yangon, Myanmar

Yo Ya May, a small textile shop in Yangon, Myanmar, illustrates the unique occurrence of globalization in a local context. As I walked through the streets of Yangon in the summer of 2015, I immediately noticed the process of urbanization at work. Small markets and street-side vendors primarily dominated the urban landscape; however, signs of… Continue Reading

Franklin Giant Sandwich Shop

My dad works in Hartford so when I mentioned this blog assignment to him, he knew right where to take me. I chose a night where I didn’t have much work and he took me to a little Italian restaurant in the south end of Hartford. It is called Franklin Giant Sandwich shop located on… Continue Reading

Snèkculture in the Dutch Caribbean

When visiting Curacao, a small island in the Caribbean that is still part of the Dutch kingdom, one should definitely visit a local Snèk. A Snèk is a local mini supermarket, combined with an open air pub or bar, and from what I’ve heard from the locals an indispensable phenomenon on the island. Every Snèk… Continue Reading


Pangaea is a Nashville boutique that has spent twenty-six years solidifying its position as one of the most venerated establishments in the highly popular neighborhood of Hillsboro Village. Located on 21st Avenue in the heart of what many call “The Village,” the locally owned Pangaea has become one of the few staples of the rapidly changing (and increasingly expensive)… Continue Reading

Levain Bakery

Levain Bakery is a staple of New York City’s Upper West Side, and has been since it opened its doors in 1995. The store is located just near the corner of West 74th Street and Columbus Avenue, in the heart of the Upper West Side. The space of the store itself is very small, which lends itself… Continue Reading

Thai X-ing D.C.

Thai X-ing, pronounced Thai Crossing, consists of two restaurant locations in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C. The original location on Florida Ave. NW began as take-out-only, with chef/owner Taw Vigsittaboot cooking traditional Thai food in the building’s basement-kitchen, and delivering it to Washingtonians via his bicycle. Nearly ten years later, Taw is still cooking in the basement-kitchen, but has since… Continue Reading

Blacker’s Bakeshop

Blacker’s Bakeshop is a Kosher Parve bakery in my hometown Newton, MA. Every item made and sold at Blacker’s is dairy free and nut free. Newton is approximately one third Jewish, and longtime Newton residents Karen and Richard Blacker recognized the city’s need for a traditional Jewish bakery. In 2008 they opened Blacker’s after spending… Continue Reading

3rd & 3rd Delray Beach, Florida

Over spring break this year, I visited Delray Beach, Florida with my family. The culture of eating out is the most prominent of any place I have ever visited. Most restaurants in the area are chains or well established entities, with the exception of 3rd & 3rd, a small eatery, found on the corner of… Continue Reading

The Phoenix Bean

During spring break, I went home to Telluride, Colorado and spent a lot of time at the recently reopened coffee shop called The Phoenix Bean, formerly known as The Steaming Bean.  Telluride is an extremely small town in Southwest Colorado, with a population of about 2,000 people.  The Phoenix Bean is a cafe, and is… Continue Reading