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Old 07-17-2007, 10:28 AM
 
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What do you find in your town that gives you a sense of pride and connection to the community? Got a story why and a picture?

I've moved a number of times and when I visit the local mall or Walmart I've often had the sensation of disorientation--what town am I in? When I volunteered on a little tugboat that has been part of this town's history for 100 years someone asked me if it was worth the money and time spent to restore it. If we allow our towns to be taken over by suburbs and malls without keeping alive the historic reminders and the things that make THIS town unique, we lose pride and connection to a place. When people connect to a place, they get involved and care for it. How much is that worth? This little tugboat is unique--you know you are in Olympia when you are on the Sandman.

I recently took Intro to 2D art and had to do a series of three so I chose to do a little mini-ethnographic project of the neighborhood stores I see all over town. I recruited a friend who grew up here and I asked others what were the oldest stores and then I went and talked to the people who worked in three of them and took pictures. I presented what I found to my class along with three drawings. It was fun and I have a new perspective of the subculture of these places. They are unique to Olympia. Not a TurkeyHill/gas station on every corner that looks just like any other city in the USA. I had fun drawing some things from the pictures - haha - captive audience - here they are. Remember - they are my first paintings ever so be kind


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Old 07-17-2007, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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Great post--and great pictures!!
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Old 07-17-2007, 10:57 AM
 
Location: The South
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Playing at legendary House Park



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Old 07-17-2007, 11:00 AM
 
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Cool! I'll have to give it some thought and get back later about my town, but hope you get lots of responses.
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Old 07-17-2007, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Debary, Florida
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I moved to Florida for a job, I rented an apartment in a town I didn't care for. At one point we drove through Debary looking for a Super Walmart.

I instantly felt like this was my town...it was small and felt like the town I lived in, in Texas...it just had an intimate feel.

Later when we were looking at houses, we found a development that I LOVED here in Debary. I loved the development so much I told the realtor I wanted to see every house for sale in this development, I choose one and I feel at home here, the town, the development, it all feels like home to me.
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Old 07-19-2007, 01:32 AM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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Gunfire off in the distance.....

Sorry no pictures....
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Old 07-19-2007, 05:30 AM
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oarkpark guy -- you must live by Austin, unless Oak Park has taken a turn recently I wasn't aware of

This is what I think of when I think of oak park (I love those Wright homes, I've done the tour twice)



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Old 07-20-2007, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Wow, those are some interesting homes! What's their story?
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Old 07-20-2007, 01:18 PM
 
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No stories here, just posting some pictures that let me know I'm in my town









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Old 07-20-2007, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Wow, those are some interesting homes! What's their story?
They were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the greatest architects in the world (long since passed away), IMO. Those are his prairie-style homes in Oak Park, IL, where he studied and built many homes. He has some in WI, and one in PA if Im correct, and one in Scottsdale, AZ (Taliesen West). Oak Park, IL has the highest concentration of FLW homes in the world I believe.
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