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Cite 94: The Beautiful Periphery

The new issue of Cite (94) has been mailed and is available at the Brazos Bookstore, CAMH, MFAH, River Oaks Bookstore, and other stores. The issue was guest edited by Susan Rogers and Gregory Marinic. Below is their introduction to the issue.

In this special issue of Cite — The Beautiful Periphery — we explore the contemporary megalopolis of Houston beyond Loop 610. Sometimes derided, though largely cast off and ignored by the powerful and elite, the increasingly diverse periphery is home to most Houstonians. Economies of scale, islands, and spines define this landscape and our mundane, everyday places give it form. Subdivisions, apartment complexes, strip malls, big box stores, and shopping malls — these pieces or fragments aggregate without seemingly adding up to anything more than discontinuous parts. At the same time, slowly and nearly indiscernibly, these places are appropriated and transformed into something beautiful.

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