This chapter illustrates methods for measuring scenes by describing key aspects of the scenescape. We compare specific scenes of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and show how relationships between key dimensions, such as charisma and self-expression, shift across the three cities. The figure of the self-reflective walker, the flâneur, integrates the chapter, as we take a digital tour around the scenescape. The reader encounters our main methodological decisions and innovations as ways of dealing with puzzles that arise naturally from trying to understand the scenes we meet. For instance, we explain how we compute quantitative measures of scene dimensions as a response to the analytical challenges that anybody faces when trying to turn bits of information about places (such as census or yellow pages organizational directory information) into a picture of a whole scene.
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