The book talks of the personal experience that the author had when strolling along the 24th street of . He speaks of observing any place than merely seeing, further describes the particulars he observes as he walks. He relates what he observes to the socio-economic condition of the region and the people living in them. He estimates the age of the houses, at times with respect to its occupants. The facades and the applied paint coat are mapped down to its source of origination with explicit detail. The author also tries to guess out the interior layout of the houses with what he observes from the surrounding activities and people. He speaks of the window and door that owners changed in some of the houses in order to mark an individual identity of the house and themselves. According to the author all these little observations would help one to understand about a neighborhood and its characteristics.
On a superficial level he talks about the signs, posters, billboards, etc. that one could also use to understand a place. But in order to really understand a neighborhood or just a street one must look closely at the factors affecting the place and the essence of any emotion that the place radiates upon an individual. The minute details gives one all that the place has to say. The author summing up conveys this to the reader that even though the built forms very similar in typology the place has a lot more to offer and celebrate.