I wrote “The Farm City Vision” as the third part of the final practicum project toward my master’s degree. This portion evaluates Putnam’s current Plan of Conservation and Development through a social ecological lens. It ends in a piece of speculative fiction that protracts the town’s history (see: Parts 1 & 2) to the year 2055, when perhaps the town will find itself firmly on the path to sustainability. The narrative accompanies original cultural landscape maps drawn by yours truly (ArcGIS Pro), including a 2055 speculative town layout. I am proud of my work, but I post the project here as a draft with the caveat that it deserved more research, a more intensive review process, and at least two more revisions.
Tag: american history
On the Falls’ Premises: The Social Ecology of a New England Mill Town (Parts 1 & 2; w/maps)
I wrote “On the Falls’ Premises” for my final practicum course project toward the completion of my master’s degree. Parts 1 & 2 tell the history of Putnam, Connecticut through a social ecological lens. The narrative accompanies original cultural landscape maps drawn by yours truly (ArcGIS Pro). I am proud of my work, but I post the project here as a draft with the caveat that it deserved more research, a more intensive review process, and at least two more revisions.
(Re)Plant the Suburbs: An Arcadian Alternative to Abolition (w/maps)
Originally published on Medium, May 24, 2021
A solid sheet of sunbaked concrete stretches from Portland, Maine, to Washington, D.C., to further points in all directions. US Interstate 95’s endless offshoots — the suburbs and exurbs that make the Northeast Urban Corridor — keep the sun from reaching the soils that have, for centuries, sustained the region’s uprise of wealth and consequent intake of mass populations.
Full article: https://findethanjames.medium.com/re-plant-the-suburbs-an-arcadian-alternative-to-abolition-w-maps-7d363e7591be
Map: LiDAR Elevation/Canopy
Map: The Quinebaug River (Putnam, CT)
This map preempts a StoryMap that I am writing about the history of the river and the impacts of river modifications. I have a lot more original research to complete before I consider publishing, but I think this imagery tells a huge portion of the story.