Mid-Week Blog: Shopping List Mania

When it comes to downtown offered district, there’s no doubt – and we’ll acknowledge to being inequitable here – Chatham has a best on a Cape. And maybe beyond, an opinion we apparently are not alone in sharing.

Lsst week USA Today expelled a “10 Great American Shopping Streets,” and pity a list along with offered districts in Columbus, Ohio, Delray Beach, Fla., Pasadena, Calif, and Denver, Colo., was tiny aged Chatham.

Robert Gibbs, an civic planner who teaches during Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, came adult with a list of his favorite downtown districts and calls Chatham “the nicest and many authentic tiny city on Cape Cod.” The beaches, beacon and weekly rope concerts minister to creation Chatham “very Norman Rockwell,” he says. No arguments here, yet a Rockwell organisation with “quaint” and “quintessential New England” is a bit tired.

Chatham’s downtown, a paper goes on to state, facilities “300 specialty stores offered shoes, apparel, art, and sporting goods, and even has out-of-date dialect and hardware stores.” While we don’t oppose with a description, a series might be a bit off – a spontaneous count puts a series of shops in a downtown area liberally tangible as a Crowell Road/Main Street trade lights to 400 Main St., during closer to 150 – and even that estimate, based, we admit, on a discerning count regulating memory and Google Earth, is substantially generous.

Is Chatham’s Main Street a improved offered area than Broughton Street in Savannah, Ga., or Phillips Avenue in Sioux Falls, S.D.? we have no idea; I’ve never been to those places, or to Lake Street in Petoskey, Mich., or Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, Calif. But you’ve got to wonder, formed on a rather arrogant outline of a one place on a list we have been, accurately how “great” a other offered districts on a list are. Yes, this will give Chatham something of a boost, it gets a town’s name out there, and will no doubt make cover of commerce officials happy, though to me it simply represents another synthetic list – like a “Best of” put out by self-indulgent magazines and other publications that give awards to a best candlemaker in city when there’s usually one (or maybe none) – that nobody asked for.

Article source: http://www.capecodchronicle.com/en/5219/opinion/1587/Mid-Week-Blog-Shopping-List-Mania.htm

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