Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Say Goodbye to Rest Stops

The state-supported rest stop, an American institution since 1956, is dying off. The rise of roadside retail and shrinking government budgets are to blame, says GOOD Magazine. Closures are spreading across the country, as Louisiana closed 24 of its 34 stops, and Vermont has already closed four this year. This past April, Wisconsin stopped staffing its welcome centers. This article also highlights how rest stops have created and reflected a sense of place wherever they are built; and reflects the local/regional culture or landscape of each State, from teepees in Oklahoma to oil rigs in Texas. Here is a link to the full article: http://www.good.is/post/rest-stops-rip/

1 comment:

Linda said...

I like the different styles of rest stops, the TEPEE one is cute.