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Oddments of the carpentered city
This creative work is a novel depicting life in a California desert town and the ways in which the town’s residents are affected by the implementation of a controversial city planning strategy, known as “naked streets.” The concept behind this strategy is a seemingly counterintuitive one: the traffic signs we put up to give drivers rules and guidance may actually be making our streets less safe than they would be without any signs at all. The novel imagines the first town in America to remove its traffic signs and explores the impact this decision has on the townspeople. Furthermore, using the signless streets as a metaphor, my work examines human relationships to order and chaos, society and solitude, and design and improvisation.