What Does Main Street Look Like?

What does Main Street America look like today? A journalist, a public radio producer, and two Harvard PhD students set out to visit actual Main Streets across the country to find out.
October 26, 2009, 12pm PDT | Tim Halbur
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"In practical terms, [journalist Kara Oehler] tells us, this has meant that the researchers piled into a 1996 Subaru and started visiting Main Streets. The first trip took them from Boston to Chicago. Kara notes that street interviews – vox pops – usually yield one response out of three. 'But everyone talks to you on Main Street.' From May to August, the team travelled 12,000 miles, stopping at hundreds of Main Streets."

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Published on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 in WorldChanging
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