Entries by Jeffrey Ian Ross

Preventing peaceful protests from being hijacked by people engaging in violence

We’ve seen the peaceful protests, the looters, the police use of excessive force, and now the vigilantes. For peaceful protestors, the majority of those out in the streets exercising their first amendment rights, this moment in American history cannot be overlooked. It’s pivotal. We care about living in cities and a country where African-American citizens […]

Back alleys as spaces of urban exploration

If I have time or I’m doing research, I explore neighborhoods of large urban environments, and if I feel safe the back streets and alleys located there. For me the back alley, in particular, is place to escape, to experience distraction and possible danger, for reflection, and inspiration for creative activities; a place that might […]

Street Culture isn’t only experienced in urban centers

A common perception, often fueled by pop culture, is that street culture is only engaged in, observed, and experienced on the streets of our large cities, in particular places where low-income or working poor live. In principle this perception is justified. In reality, however, we can see, hear and/or watch (hereafter experience) street culture in […]