Dossiers

Streets for People of Las Vegas

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Susanna Phillips Newbury looks at zoning, urban development, and gentrification in Las Vegas before and during the pandemic, critiquing the city government’s claims to make “Streets for People.”

Aesthetics of Vacancy in Lockdown London

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Christoph Lindner introduces a six-part dossier on Lockdown Aesthetics and Gentrification. In this opening post, he argues that gentrification has accelerated in London under the cover of the COVID-19 pandemic and its aesthetics of vacancy.

COVID Nights

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Will Straw analyzes nocturnal videos that reveal the scale of night-time cultures happening during the COVID-19 lockdown and the role of the pandemic in highlighting ongoing policy debates about urban lighting, urban noise, and spectacle.

Media and the Physically Distanced City

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In their introductory essay, dossier editors Dave Colangelo and Zach Melzer examine how the pandemic and BLM protests offer a lens into the makeup, visuality, and legibility of urban environments and their relationship with various forms of media.