1. conveyance of somebody or something: the act or business of carrying somebody or something from one place to another, usually in a vehicle
2. means of traveling: a means of traveling or of carrying somebody or something from one place to another
3. U.S. fare or charge: the fare paid or charge made for traveling in a bus, train, or other public vehicle
4. history penal exile: exile to a penal colony
Springtime has our Open City fellows and writers asking questions about location, movement, and places in a temporary series of transportation-themed pieces (look for the green transportation logo). Inspired by the recent news of tour bus traffic and accidents in and around Manhattan’s Chinatown, we take this occasion to reflect on the larger issues and ideas at play when we (all) move from place to place. Check out recent posts about the unlikely friendship begun at a bus stop and forged between an immigrant kid from Hong Kong and an elderly fixture on the LES/community garden scene or the road to activism for one Lower East Side/Loisada organizer or the LES/Chinatown routes that bike couriers, as icons and messengers of the changing neighborhood, take.
How people move in, out, and imagine themselves part of (or not) Chinatown was also the topic of the day at our exciting “Where is Chinatown? Narrative Remappings” reading and community oral history open house last Saturday at MOCA. As fellow Cristiana Baik asks: “Can you give a visual, descriptive mapping of the daily routes you make? Are they routes or roads? And in a city like New York, what do we make of our set routes against a backdrop that is always changing?”