Walking is a necessary right. According to Malchik and Hollis, walking is not only a means of transportation but also a way of exercise and social engagement. Walking keeps people interested and allows the walker to truly know their home. Moreover, walking is good for the soul. It allows you to use your body, breathe fresh air, experience the world. It is a basic human right to be able to use one’s feet and to be able to get what you need, whether it be food, clothes, or entertainment. Anything otherwise is a form of imprisonment. For example, in the suburbs, one is forced to buy a car and to pay for gas in order to get anywhere. And this right is taken away from people depending on where you live. For example, if you live in a neighborhood with a high crime rate, it could be dangerous for women, children, or anyone walking alone. Furthermore, towns and cities can implement laws such as anti-jaywalking or anti-loitering to deter walkers.
In my last reflection, I commented on how feelings about a place are “unmapable.” So naturally, as a rebel, I decided to try and map it. I chose to make a map of all the concert venues I have been to in Chicago, because concerts have been some of my favorite experiences in the city, and I have many positive feelings associated with them . I hope that I will be able to transport people of all walks (get it?) of life to my exciting experiences through my , pictures and descriptions. My images contain vibrant colors such as purple and red. Artists assert and psychologists agree that certain colors such are purple inspire feelings of “creativity” and can even raise a sentiment of independence and inspire childlike fantasies of magic. With my colorful map, I make a strong argument that Chicago is a diverse and alive place, full of life inspired people, good spirits and the energy for long walks.