I absolutely love Pullman, because it's a place with an interesting history that shows how spaces can be designed to induce certain behaviors. For example, Green Stone Church was centrally located, so all residents had easy access, and there were no pubs or taverns so people could not drink, all of which promoted a sense of morality. Additionally, it shows that a space can be socially segregated, even when residents live within blocks of one another. Young, unmarried, unskilled laborers lived in dorms segregated by sex, while skilled laborers with families lived in single-family homes. This, to me, is one of the best examples of a self-sustaining community in which the original design attempted to address all aspects of workers' lives to ensure they were content and moral. It's very interesting to study. Additionally, we visited on a beautiful day, so it was a lot of fun to explore. We visited at an important moment in the neighborhood's history as it transitions into a national monument.
April 24, 2015