Where’s the Dough Orlando?

rethinking the city

Today, my nose mourns the loss of the Merita Bread Bakery in downtown Orlando. Smell is part of a city’s fabric, and bread is high on the favorable smells’ list, according to researcher Victoria Henshaw. During a recent New York City smell walk with her, I learned that bread, coffee, perfume/aftershave, cut grass, flowers, petrol, babies, the sea, are a few of the smells we (for many) enjoy. Video here.

Petrol (or gasoline) really?  Absolutely. Some of us can’t get enough of that powerful smell, while others aren’t so hot for it. If you want to dive more into the mysteries of smell, Victoria’s book, Urban Smellscapes, will be published in July, 2013.  You may also want to check out psychologist and smell scientist, Avery Gilbert’s, book What the Nose Knows: The Science of Scent in Everyday Life.

But back to the bread. There are plenty of…

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About J. Chambliss

Julian Chambliss is professor of History and coordinator of the Africa and African-American Studies program at Rollins College in Orlando, Florida. With research, teaching, and service centered real and imaginary urban spaces, he is an interdisciplinary scholar and award-winning teacher. He has designed digital humanities projects to investigate community and document black culture in the United States. Follow him on Twitter @JulianChambliss.
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