Jakarta, Indonesia (part 2)

As I mentioned in my previous post, one of the most striking elements of Jakarta as a place was how the co-presence of vast wealth and deep poverty mark the built environment and how people engage with it. This is common in many urban areas around the world, perhaps most intensely in cities in the Global … Continue reading Jakarta, Indonesia (part 2)

Muhlenberg County, Kentucky

The song "Paradise" by John Prine, first recorded in 1971, tells a story about the tiny town of Paradise in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, lamenting the changes that have occurred in his lifetime in his parents' birthplace. Muhlenberg County is part of Kentucky's western coal fields, and the song's lyrics detail how "the coal company came, … Continue reading Muhlenberg County, Kentucky