Beginning My Map

Map Explanation:

For my atlas of the windy city I have decided to map out the various forms of historical background and/or significance I find throughout the DePaul Campus area. As you can see by my map I have chosen the area directly surrounding the DePaul Lincoln Park Campus. I’ve done this because I this is an area of Chicago that I walk through every single day and yet I walk with intention rather than attention. In choosing this neighborhood I am hoping to open my eyes to things I may not have noticed before but have passed in my daily routine. I thoroughly enjoy learning about the history of places and I think this is the perfect opportunity for me to learn more about the history of this new neighborhood I call home.

Here is a VERY rough outline of what my map will look like. And below is an image of the type of historical significance I will be paying attention for.

In response to Malchik, is walking a luxury, a privilege, a necessity, or a right, and why? What are the threats to walking? How does where you live influence how you live?

In Malchik’s, “The End of Walking” it is easy to see how walking is seen as all of the following: a luxury, a privilege, a necessity, and a right. It is a basic human instinct that has been turned into a luxury and a privilege that few are offered. As she points out, the upper-middle class have the ability to drive to parks or wilderness preserves and enjoy the fresh air and nature whereas poorer communities are left with the roads and concrete. Walking is a necessity because without walking Americans will only continue to hurt their health and well being, it is the part that make us most human. Walking is a right that most Americans forget they have. The right to walk has been suppressed by laws and the idea of it being dangerous. Laws such as jaywalking gave superiority to vehicles and not pedestrians and used to give blame to pedestrians rather than motorists.