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In her summer column, Carol Kammen describes the adventures and lessons she found on a recent cross-country road trip.

Traveling from New York to California via Route 50 instead of interstates, Kammen observed a number of small communities, some that were thriving and others that had fallen into disrepair and decay.

The author uses these experiences to emphasize the importance of historical and cultural sites within communities connecting and promoting each other. She also notes the ability of these sites to revitalize a community and spur further development, something she also witnessed along the way.

Do sites in your community work together to support and promote each other? How can a cultural institution become a cornerstone of a thriving neighborhood? Food for thought in this road trip essay!