chapter  4
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Keep Walking

Notes on How to Research Urban Pasts and Futures
WithHelena Holgersson

In ‘Keep Walking: Notes on How to Research Urban Pasts and Futures’, Helena Holgersson returns to three walks in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, and elaborates on what there is to gain from interviewing people on foot. Through encounters in disappearing and emerging neighbourhoods with Jani, Sofia and Karin, and Emir, we are party to conversations that confront the social aspects of city planning, urban inequality, and citizenship. Reflecting on the relationship between time and place, memory and emotion, in specific locations and in conversation with very different groups of inhabitants, the chapter shows how the walk-along is also the perfect frame for a story.