Summing up my Summer Research/Experience

Summer is over.  I am back at school with a full plate of work, classes, homework, obligations, and inter-library loans…. And so how best to summarize my summer in the field?

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Official “Summer Summary”

Since I want to eventually enter the field of urban planning, I chose my research project in an effort to intertwine city planning with the concepts of anthropology.  Thus I decided to study how an abstract concept like human culture affects the concrete, bureaucratic practice of zoning.  I chose the city of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to be my Petri dish city of examination and my questions pertained to the past, present, and future.  Specifically, how did Bethlehem develop its zoning layout through time, how do residents perceive, affect, or interact with the current zoning, and how would residents change the zoning of the city?

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