Alexander Julian Sassaroli
Surveying Crown Street
What are the most imageable parts of Crown Street? Which businesses and urban types contribute most strongly to Crown’s identity? We conducted a survey that engaged 20 subjects to produce a cognitive re-mapping of Crown Street.
Our form questionnaire asked for basic information along with specific requests for Crown Street itineraries, inventories of Crown Street locations, and cognitive maps produced from memory of certain locations and activities on the street that left a lasting impression of the neighborhood and its urban life. We found a critical difference between “objective” cartographic representations of Crown Street and the collective cognitive maps sourced from our subjects’ memories and experiences. Crown Street presents itself differently from day to night. In addition, certain blocks are much more imageable than others based on the popularity, type, and concentration of the places that constitute the street.