The Stories of Street Furniture

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A street couch in Los Angeles featured on (Keith Plocek)

Everything has a story — including that street couch in your neighborhood. As USC professor and creator of Keith Plocek puts it: “Just think of all the sitting. All the conversations. All the silences. Life. Death. Butts. Pets.” And then one day, that piece of furniture ends up on the street and a new story begins — a lucky find for someone, a new canvas for a graffiti artist or an addition to the landfill. In a recent story for the Los Angeles Times, reporter Julissa James explored the range of experiences with street furniture, from the joy of a good find and refurbishing job to the queasy questioning of what’s in those cushions, especially in the age of COVID-19. We’ll talk about the culture of street furniture and hear your street furniture stories.


Julissa James, features reporter, Los Angeles Times

Keith Plocek, assistant professor, USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism; creator,