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David K. Leff

The Last Undiscovered Place

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ISBN: 081392264X
Издательство: University Press of Virginia
Год издания: 2004
Страниц: 240
Book DescriptionWith warmth and a keen eye for the nuances of history and place, David K. Leff offers this affectionate, insightful portrait of his adopted home of Collinsville, Connecticut, a village that looked perfectly ordinary until he fell prey to its rhythms and charm. The town taught him a new way of seeing his environment, and through this process he discovered what many Americans long for amid the suburban sprawl decried in James H. Kunstler's 'The Geography of Nowhere' and many other recent books: a sense of community. When Leff began to look for a suitable place to raise a family, his criteria were familiar: an affordable fixer-upper with some historical character, pleasant neighbors, good schools, walkable streets, and attractive naturalsurroundings. The suburbs around Hartford were uninviting, so he settled sixteen miles away in Collinsville, a small village that grew up around -- indeed was largely built by -- The Collins Company, once the world's leading maker of...