How did 1970s New York become a laboratory for a grand experiment in ‘returning streets to the people’? Mariana Mogilevich argues that street life and politics in Midtown Manhattan became central to the inception of a new form pedestrian citizenship.
How do we see walking women? Using archival photography from 1950s and 1960s Turku (Finland), Tiina Männistö-Funk argues that women’s care and bodily presence shapes cities as much as concrete and asphalt do.
This opening article in the ‘Whose Streets?’ feature considers what it means to live through the jarring collapse of public life in the midst of a pandemic and how this moment might stimulate new radical histories of the urban commons.
What does the heritage trail format offer to the communication of radical histories? Charlotte Tomlinson introduces the East End Women’s Museum’s (EEWM) Brilliant Women of Whitechapel, Bow and Barking Heritage Trail, which explores stories of ‘ordinary yet extraordinary’ women who have lived in East London.
How can walking productively inform the work of historical scholarship?
Charlie Taverner reflects on how historical food walks can enrich radical history by opening new up trajectories and generating unexpected perspectives on the experience of the pre-industrial city.