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Charles Wolfe's new book, Seeing the City, offers a method and rationale for observing cities. "This isn’t an exhaustive cataloging of one specific and isolated feature (no matter how much you love exuberantly decorated manhole covers). Instead, the urban diarist looks for patterns that emerge when people interact with space." writes Jessica Leigh Hester for CityLab.
Wolfe's book encourages city dwellers to break out of their routines and really see what's happening in the city, what pop up stores work, which streets attract the most walkers, and what improvements really enhance the city.