Published 2019: User Experience & Urban Creativity Scientific Journal, open access 1. Introduction
I move around a lot, so I know well the feeling of displacement. Finding a sense of place and belonging can be elusive even in familiar locations, and even more challenging to find in a completely new environment with its own geographies and cultures. When I moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 2016, I didn’t know anyone. I had only visited once before, so when I relocated there, I knew finding my people would take some effort.
The first strategy I used to find my bearings was simply to start walking. Exploring the city on foot makes things visible in ways that speeding by in a car doesn’t. I expe