The Cosmopolitan Canopy
Cosmopolitan canopies are urban spaces that offer a break from the tensions of chafing racial and economic differences, a place for diverse peoples to assemble and rub elbows. Elijah anderson looks at such spaces in Philadelphia, including Reading Terminal Market and Rittenhouse Square, detailing the give-and-take of public interaction. He observes how close and far away people sit, whether they greet each other, how deep or long their interactions are, and whether they break or reinforce barriers. He also chronicles the daily shifting of space used by the homeless, workers, residents, and commuters as they encounter, interact, and evade.