Celebrating those who fight against a homogeneous world
By Bingo Barnes
Independence. What does it mean? It means separate and apart from-not the same. In America, we are seeing less and less of it. As every new look-alike subdivision gets built, a cookie-cutter set of businesses establish themselves on the high-traffic intersections; chain gas stations, chain fast food, chain coffee shops, chain upscale dining, chain retail ... it's all the same. Travel to any other city in America and look in the sections of town that have been built in the last 10 years and you'll be hard pressed to tell if you are in Phoenix, Denver, Atlanta or Richmond.
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