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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Peter Piper's Picks - Aug 22, Place Edition

Heard this on our NPR station Friday morning, and thought it was particularly funny. Mark Washburn, a columnist with our local newspaper, comments on how we name places here in Charlotte, but I think his observations extend much further than the Queen City. So many of our modern names for places are utterly generic, or worse taken from consumerism, for example Bank of America Stadium...really, that could be anywhere in America. Well, except for the fact that it is headquartered here. But you get my point.

Memory's connection with our sense of place - an architect gives some insight to her peers about this important aspect of their craft.

An article by William R. Ferris in 1999, when he was the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, about the importance of retaining our sense of place , or as Faulkner said (and he quotes) our "little postage stamp of native soil".

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