"What is the heart of a town? The soul of a town? Why is a town said to be beautiful, or said to be ugly? What’s beautiful and what’s ugly in a town? How do you get to know a town? How do you get to know your town? Method: you must either give up talking of the town, about the town, or else force yourself to talk about it as simply as possible, obviously familiarly. Get rid of all preconceived ideas. Stop thinking in ready-made term, forget what the townplanners and sociologists have said."
Georges Perec: Species of Spaces