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

Rich’s Deli in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania

Rich’s Deli, located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania is a unique combination of economic engine and social hub. Since the early 1980s, Rich’s has served as a consistent meeting place for local Ambler area residents. Located adjacent to Germantown Academy, a private school of over 2,500 students, and next to the Fort Washington train station, Rich’s… Continue Reading

The Union Oyster House, Boston, MA

During the Thanksgiving break, my friends and I had a great dinner at the Union Oyster House in Boston and I got a chance to navigate this restaurant. The Union Oyster House is the oldest restaurant and oyster bar in the United States and the oldest standing brick building in Boston’s Georgian architectural style, which… Continue Reading

Navy Blue Gifts, Moorestown, NJ

Navy Blue Gifts is a small gift shop located at 3 East Main Street, Moorestown, New Jersey. It resides in the middle of Main Street and sees a great deal of cars, joggers, and walking families going up and down Moorestown’s most busy street. The shop is owned by Melissa McGrath who said her goal… Continue Reading

Park Street, Hartford, CT

In Global Cities, Local Streets, Sharon Zukin, Philip Kasinitz, and Xiangming Chen discuss the importance of local shopping streets. The chapters focus on the impact of globalization, immigration and gentrification on local shopping on cities, and many of their points are applicable to Hartford. The authors argue that local shopping is important for social life,… Continue Reading

Madison Ave. in Melrose, MA

Madison Ave. is a local boutique consignment shop in Melrose, Massachusetts. Madison Ave. is located on Main Street, which is the major commercial street in the small city of Melrose. Melrose, which is home to primarily white, middle to upper class residents, is a suburban city located roughly ten minutes north of Boston. The city’s… Continue Reading