Title: The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power
Author: Dierdre Mask
Thoughts: A fascinating listen all around. Street addresses are something you probably don’t spend a ton of time thinking about. A form asks you to write down your address, and you do. If you’re like me, you might hesitate for a second whether you should put your apartment’s address or your mom’s address where you’re currently living during quarantine, but that’s about it. But what if you’re homeless? Or live in a camp for displaced persons? Or a slum? These places don’t have addresses—and these people are thus shut out of much of the traditional economy. I found it especially interesting to learn about how the language we speak affects how we see our surroundings and even how our cities are built. I took a rhetoric class in college that had us study the idea of “place” versus “space” and I think this book plays off of that well. It also offers some interesting ideas into what the future of addresses might look like. Highly recommend if you’re interested in urban planning, sociology, community development, or just like knowing a weird amount about a very niche topic!
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