Public Streets

In Public Streets, our urban observation series, writers reflect on spaces and places.

Editor: Abigail Struhl
Past Editor: Ellis Avery (1972–2019)

Hirado, the End of the World

This is the latest installment of Public Streets, a biweekly urban observations series curated by Ellis Avery. The journey from Tokyo to the island of Hirado, just off the coast of Nagasaki ...

Alone on the Montague Plains

This is the latest installment of Public Streets, a biweekly urban observations series curated by Ellis Avery. Drive a few miles above the legal speed limit on Lake Pleasant Road, and you’re likely ...

Harare in Four Pharmacies

Village Pharmacy in Harare’s upper income Borrowdale Shopping Centre is clean and quiet. There’s a faint antiseptic smell. Its shelves are neatly stacked with imported bath foam ...

Monte Ulia, Euskadi

This is the latest installment of Public Streets, a biweekly urban observations series curated by Ellis Avery. You may have visited San Sebastian, Spain—Donostia, as the locals began calling it again ...

City of the Future

This is the latest installment of Public Streets, a biweekly urban observations series curated by Ellis Avery. “Been gardening?” the Greens campaigner asks. I’ve stopped to chat, knees and hands ...

Keep It Dirty, Durham

This is the latest installment of Public Streets, a biweekly urban observations series curated by Ellis Avery. They call it “Bull City,” though, with the exception of a downtown statue, there are no ...

Bergen, Norway: Discourse and Context

This is the latest installment of Public Streets, a biweekly urban observations series curated by Ellis Avery. This past spring I found myself in Bergen, Norway, undertaking an arts residency and ...

Ann Arbor, Michigan: Bricks and Bread

This is the latest installment of Public Streets, a biweekly urban observations series curated by Ellis Avery. In the 1970s, Ann Arbor, Michigan smelled like sorghum, carob, and tamari, breathed out ...

Jersey Cape: Bulk Pick-Up Day

This is the latest installment of Public Streets, a biweekly urban observations series curated by Ellis Avery. With the arrival of summer, weekly visitors descend on this quiet beach town, settling ...

In Fez: The Art-Dealer’s Dar

This is the latest installment of Public Streets, a biweekly urban observations series curated by Ellis Avery. “There are seven main families of Fez. I am an Idris,” claimed the salesman at Ali’s Art ...