Friday, January 6, 2012

Iconic?

If I were to describe this place in a book . . .
I'd probably be accused of stereotyping . . .

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18 comments:

Brian Miller said...

hehe...yes you would...true or otherwise...smiles...i think we have a similar designer though for a few houses down the road...smiles.

Ms. A said...

That same designer in yours and Brian's neighborhood, has visited some areas in mine, as well.

Victoria said...

You probably would. But some stereotypes, like some cliches, exist because there is a certain amount of truth behind them.

Martin said...

The first thing that came to mind, when I saw the first photograph, was the opening sequence to the film, 'Deliverance'. I can see why the word stereotyping might crop up, but what is, is.

Pat in east TN said...

Aaaah, it seems like such places are here, there, everywhere!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

We were driving to see a listing with a realtor one day and saw something very similar. Just as if it was one of the attractions along the way, he calmly said, "And on the left we have (you name the state) art. Ah, art...so that's what it is.
Sam

GrandmaK said...

My husband who is a man of the environment would find this esthetically pleasing, for in it he sees salvation. Yes, by recycling all that "beauty" he sees the real beauty come forth. However, I don't think they would see it that way. Have a wonderful day! Cathy

Wayfarin' Stranger said...

Someone once said that every lie is grounded in truth. It seems the same is true for stereotypes. Unfortunately, this truth is much too common. A correspondent recently minimized the writing of Jesse Stuart because of the stereotyping in "Taps for Private Tussie," while we have a family just outside Rugby that could easily have served as the inspiration for that novel. Jim

Vicki Lane said...

Martin, I started to embed the Deliverance banjo music because I had the same thought. But it was late and I didn't.

And while I feel sorry for the folks who live across the street from this mess, I'm actually happy to live in a place where such messes can exist. Some communities restrict EVERYTHING, down to what sort of mailbox and house colors are allowed. And if it's a historic site, like jennyfreckles' Saltaire, it's understandable. But I'd miss this place, if someone cleaned it up.

That said, there are several previously very charming houses or buildings in our area that have been allowed to degenerate into dumps -- without the redeeming touches of Confederate flag and raccoon skin -- and in at least one case, it's the work of newcomers.

I am troubled by my own inconsistency. Evidently, if it was 'always' that way, I like it, no matter what.

Kath said...

Talk about a picture being worth a thousand words!

Anonymous said...

You would indeed, but folks don't like to remember that stereotypes don't just pop up out of thin air. They exist for a reason, as Victoria says. I pass more than one such location in my 'neck of the woods.'

Lynne in GA

Darla said...

Ay-yuh... ;-)

Star said...

That's an amazing place indeed! Where would you begin?

NCmountainwoman said...

We see the same scenario in our county...and sometimes we see worse. But there can be no zoning or other restrictions in rural areas around here. "Cain't tell a person whut he kin or cain't do with his own land."

Since we are not sufficiently rich enough to purchase acres and acres of land, we chose to live in a gated community that protects the environment and to a lesser extent, protects us. From many things.

jennyfreckles said...

The kind of thing that 'foreigners' find charming and interesting and the neighbours perhaps feel less enamoured of. Good for a photo or two though.

Brenda said...

Ugh, these places drive me crazy. I'm going to have to try out your perspective and focus on the positive aspects of freedom, color, etc.

Deanna said...

Definitely Deliverance.

Miss_Yves said...

I have never seen "deliverance"
For me, Your post is a good way to introduce this movie.

PLeasant picture.