I spent one Saturday night with Kristin Wright, a delivery driver (or “dasher”) for DoorDash, a startup based in Palo Alto that offers delivery services for many local restaurants. We cruised around Cambridge in Kristin’s car for hours, bringing food to apartments and MIT dorms. Before this assignment I hadn’t considered the human side of my late night takeout orders. Who makes the delivery? How do they get the food? And, why do they choose to spend their nights on the road?
Winter Storm Juno dropped over twenty inches of snow on campus from the night of January 26th through January 27th. Roads in Medford and Somerville were largely barren. The university was shut down for two days, and students were left to do as they pleased.
Photos by Ethan Chan, John Hampson, Nicholas Pfosi, and Evan Sayles for the Tufts Daily.
The southern coast of Alaska, between Sitka and Juneau, teems with undisturbed wildlife. Protected by a US Congress Wilderness designation, the region’s ecology remains untouched. As I landed in Sitka at the start of the environmental tour, the asphalt roads and flat roofs of the town of 9,000 were a fleck of gray in a sea of green. Once the cruise began, there wasn’t a single home, road, or cell tower to be seen for the next six days. Surrounded by this raw nature, I felt small.