Observed Signs In Downtown Lansing, Michigan, One Weekend In The Autumn Of 2014

Super SundayHappy Hour 4-7 every day

PRIME REDEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY: Build your business/restaurant/coffee shop/art studio here!

Downtown Loft-Style Living In The Heart Of The City

Grand Opening August 2010

Michigan’s best pizza since 1956!

Good beer + good food + good times!

CLOSED

DARTS

PRIVATE PROPERTY

PRIVATE PROPERTY STAY OUT

DANGER

DANGER STAY OUT

STAY OUT

Ask about our catering specials!

NO TRESPASSING

Open late!

Cheapest cigarettes in the state HERE!

Live music 2nite!

STAY OUT

This city, like most cities, could be any city at all.

AMR
November 1, 2014

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Important Information For Visiting Fort Wayne, Indiana

There’s an unassuming sign on Main Street at Fulton for Henry’s Restaurant, and if you happen to open the door you will find inside perhaps the best bar in America.

There’s a light that shines over the city at night from the gigantic manufacturing complex on Broadway, a kind of beacon of industry flexing its might, and if you don’t look too closely you won’t notice the building atop which it rests has sat more or less vacant since the early part of the last decade.

There’s an old fort worth checking out, the aptly-named and titular Old Fort Wayne, because once upon a time a place this big surrounding by so much else that is so small just had to have been front line of something, or perhaps an outpost of something else.

There’s an art museum downtown that stays open later than you would expect.

There’s a surprising abundance of beautiful old buildings downtown, so many left intact rather than so callously demolished the way they do in other places, as though enough people here recognized that there could be value to history or utility to preservation.

There’s a railroad platform along Superior Street, even though the trains don’t stop there anymore.

There’s a certain familiar rhythm to all these streets and landmarks, all having names like Main and Henry’s and Broadway and Fort and Fulton, and Superior because there are countless others just like them, and because there are countless other cities like this one, each using the same parts to tell their own version of the universal American story. To go to Fort Wayne is to go everywhere.

AMR
Fort Wayne, IN / June 29, 2014

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Verbs Of Los Angeles

Forget everything you thought you knew about this place.

Remember everyone who left home, because they’re all here, all around you in this colony of beautiful pilgrims.

Think about yesterday, and how you shivered, and how here and now there is no choice but to walk in the sun.

Understand immediately what drew all these people to this place.

Look away from everything else: the traffic that doesn’t move, the sprawl that never relents, the strip malls on infinite repeat.

Admit that it’s not terrible.

Remind yourself that you have seen worse.

Realize you are becoming one of them.

Leave. Now.

AMR
Los Angeles, CA / March 28, 2014

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