Monday, November 22, 2004
Yesterday I went an a road trip by myself down to Seagrove, which is a very small town on route 705 that's famous for pottery. On the way, I stopped in Ashboro and found the most incredible Antique Mall. Note: Antique malls are saving the small towns of America. This observation is by no means exclusive to North Carolina. Every road trip Ross & I have been on we take secondary highways and avoid interstates and freeways like the plague. This takes us through tons of little towns you'd never see otherwise and always there is a long, hellish drive through a mile or two of crappy little strip mall after strip mall before you arrive at Main Street. This street usually consists of interesting heritage buildings, sidewalks with trees, and is often a shell of its former self except for the antique stores. It's so sad. Greensboro is not a small town. It has a population of 300,000 yet the same thing has happened here. The other night I got lost driving by myself outside the downtown area and it was a total Big Box Nightmare! Without any outstanding landmarks I drove back and forth through a repetitive blur of Pet Depots, Bed bath & Beyonds, Computers Etcs - you catch my drift. I was very happy to make my way back to the beautiful old buildings and unique businesses on lovely tree lined Elm Street.
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