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Kayla RamosProfessor ConlonThe Contemporary City - UR 151Project 1I took a stroll through parts of both Hoboken and Jersey City. I am unfamiliar with these two cities in general, so I walked where ever the wind pulled me. This was beneficial to not only me personally but for the purpose of observation. These strolls occurred in the afternoon around 4o'clock. It was rush hour, but things were moving particularly slow.In Jersey City I focused more on architecture and what seemed to be a lot of renovation. Everywhere I looked there was construction going on. I even walked past a huge group of construction workers (off-site) that asked to be photographed. The newer buildings were beautiful visually but I'm more fond of older buildings with stories stored in their walls. I saw old buildings being "fixed" up, renovated building I could tell weren't totally new, and brand new structures all within blocks of each other. As soon as I stepped out the station though I did see the building with all the flags waving in front of it which reminded me of flags of surrender. The building seemed generally new and the flags represent the cities diversity which is argued does not exist when gentrification is in action. I didn't see a lot going on pertaining to side walk traffic but looking around there's a lot going on in terms of gentrification.Walking around Hoboken was a new experience for me. I am from Newark so walking alone in strange neighborhoods is very dangerous but the environment in Hoboken is very inviting....

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