Saturday, October 31, 2009

Thematic Photographic 73: "Leaves" v.4.0 - Down On Main Street

"And a Proper Main Street It Is, Too."
Wake Forest, NC - October 2009 (Click to embiggen)

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I once heard that there's only a handful of towns in the US that don't have a street named "Main Street". I though tthis was strange, because I couldn't rememebr ever hearing of a "Main Street" in Raleigh. but sure enough we have one. It's only a couple of blocks long, so it's not really what you'd call a "main" street, but it's got the name.

This, however, is not Raleigh's version of Main Street, but the nearby town of Wake Forest which has a proper Main Street. Broad, tree lined, and flanked on both sides by stately old homes dating to the 19th Century, Main Street slices right through the town's Historic District from the Seminary formerly known as Wake Forest University to the outskirts of town that were once "mill country" but are now becoming high-end suburbs (with single family homes starting in the "low" 200's). WFU moved west to Winston Salem in 1956, but was originally located in the town of Wake Forest. Which of them gave the name to which I do not know. But since I was here, a photograph seemed in order.

Tonight a veritable parade of ghoulies will march this avenue in an amazingly organized display of trick-or-treat decorum. Honestly, what happened to ragtag knots of kids begging for candy door-to-door? Have they no sense of history here?

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snowelf said...

I'm betting there is more than one main street here. :P


lisaschaos said...

A burst of color there - I'm not sure if we have a Main street - you have made me curious though. I'll have to look around. :)

Mama Zen said...

What a beautiful street! But, they organize trick or treating? So, so wrong!

Carmi said...

I can't get enough of this scene. You're innately able to take what would normally be an iconic shot and twist it so that we keep looking. To wit, how you composed the intersection is, from where I sit, pure genius. It gives the classic autumn-color shot a context that I've never before seen.