American Analog: The Chalkstress


“Lots of people around here don’t have computers or televisions,” she says while holding a jumbo stick of chalk, “So I keep them informed of what’s happening around the world. Like what’s happening in Egypt right now.” Lauren has been writing news snippets on the sidewalks of Market St for years, often sharing URLs out-loud to important stories to passersby. “You don’t know about the hiker’s held hostage in Iran? You have to go to and check out Shane Bauer’s site!”.

On sunny days, like today, you can often spot Lauren writing sidewalk copy on Market at 6th, in front of the Hospitality House Arts Program, though I’m told she also does a lot of writing down by 4th street as well.


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