06 Jul '11, 6pm

On Independence Day, towns take back their streets from cars

On Independence Day, towns take back their streets from cars

Photo: Christopher Romano Cross-posted from Strong Towns . A reader sent me this great quote regarding Independence Day from John Adams: It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever. In typical Adams style, I'm sure he said it with drama and meant it with all seriousness, but it brings a smile to my face nonetheless. Pomp and parade ... Oh, if he could see us now. I absolutely love the Fourth of July. My hometown of Brainerd bills itself as the Fourth of July capital of somewhere ... I can't remember if it is "the world" or just "Minnesota." Either way, I grew up with an annual dose of the full spectacle of American pomp. The only parades I ever remember missing were the two when I was off in the Army, and those were very lonely...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-07-06-on-parades-and-com...

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