How do you know a city? How do you know your city?
Method: one should either renounce talking about the city, or talk about it as simply as possible, talk about it in an evident, familiar way. Get rid of any preconceived idea, stop thinking in ready-made terms, forget about what the town planners and the sociologists said.
Georges Perec, Espéces d’Espaces, rev. ed. – 1st ed. 1974 (Paris: Galilée, 2000), p. 85.