Monday, April 23, 2007
St. Joseph, Michigan
ST. JOSEPH sits at the mouth of the St. Joseph River, where it empties into Lake Michigan. Thirty-miles away, the river flows through South Bend, also giving that city its name.
Sunday was the warmest day in South Bend since I got here, so I got in the car and drove to St. Joe, the most pleasant town in the area, at least in my mind.
I had a good time. It was a good day for walking around. The Caffe Tosi is a good place, with WiFi, and forever Books is a good bookstore. Good, good, good. I never put it on my list of bookstores, because it's small and not especially attractive. But I've been there three times, and each time I've bought books. And that's my test for a good bookstore.
The problem is that on my way to St. Joe, and in my walk around, I kept on running into our uglification of America. See below.
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No mention of St. Joe is complete without a mention of it's twin "city" Benton Harbor:
Benton Harbor is poorer and blacker than the more well-off & white St. Joseph and the racial tensions spilled over into riots a few years ago.
Posted by: Scott T. at Apr 24, 2007 12:55:09 PM
At 11:30 pm on a thursday, after getting up at 6, I am searching for images of greek revival vernacular architecture of the cottage and farmhouse variety. I don't know why you would want to recover from architecture; I have a friend that is a "recovering geologist" but that is just a nice way of saying he ended up being a lawyer for the money.
Posted by: Cynthia Barnes at Apr 27, 2007 1:34:15 AM