Archive for September, 2013

Fayetteville, home to Fort Bragg and several other military installations, feels like a foreign country compared to Chapel Hill.    While small parts of it date to the 1700’s, most of it is miles of tract housing.   It sort of feels like a smaller version of Norfolk / Virginia Beach, or Jacksonville Florida, minus the beach and otherwise picturesque landscapes.   It is just houses and shopping centers.   But there is some modernism, if you bike around there enough.

 

First, liberals apparently do exist there, in small numbers

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And there are plenty of interesting buildings to look at

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Richmond VA Modernism September 7, 2013

Posted: September 10, 2013 in modernism

Today, Richmond seems quite the happening place.    Because of its universities, and ample stock of old industrial buildings, the place has an urban feel that sometimes feels positively hip.   Sadly, that was probably not the case in about 1962, when modernism was the rage elsewhere.    Richmond’s staid past is probably why there are not a lot of modernist buildings.   Still,  on a recent bike ride I did find a few:

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I know I need to get a life, but I swear I have been staring at this 1950’s building for at least thirty years.   I took this photo last weekend while driving at sixty-five miles an hour.   This highway (I-95) has not been called by this name for also about thirty years.

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A little off-topic:   I got a good shot by bike of these guys on a Saturday afternoon, standing around the Confederate Memorial Chapel in the uptown Richmond Fan district.   I wonder if they are locals, or from out of town.

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Since about 1997 our friends Jan and Gordon moved from Carrboro to Santa Barbara to San Jose, and then to Cleveland!   Well, they settled in Brecksville, Ohio, midway between Cleveland and Akron.    Tootie and I drove up for the weekend. The highlights were the excellent meals cooked by Jan, and the bike ride from Akron to Brecksville on the bike trail.

Start of our epic ride! Thomas and Jan were there to send us off.

Start of our epic ride! Thomas and Jan were there to send us off.

downtown Akron

downtown Akron

Along the Cuyahoga River

Along the Cuyahoga River

Gordon  has developed a passion for 1960’s Gravely lawn tractors.

A man and his tractor

A man and his tractor

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