Friday, November 21, 2008

Ohio Trip, Part V

So Yellow Springs is a bit of a hippie town, but in that more grown-up sort of way, like Austin, TX. It's the kind of place where you see Birkenstocks and VW vans, sure, but it has a real sense of community. Some hippie enclaves feel transient, but Yellow Springs feels like the sort of place you'd move to raise your kids.

The community is mostly older houses, in various conditions. I saw houses being renovated, surrounded by scaffolding, and others that were quite tattered. They all seemed to fit it, with no pressure to be a perfect little neighborhood.

There were sidewalks along every street, making it very conducive to walking. It is sort of place you'd find a manicured "Enchanted Walkway." (See the sign in the above photo). The whole place had a sense of playfulness and a comforting feel that was really pleasant.

All the yards were well-cared for, and there were so many quaint details, like the garden gate above, and ivy-covered trees. I'm sure it all took work by the homeowners, but it looked effortless, like a place that aged naturally. I love that sort of place. It's no wonder Bri was so eager to show it to me.


  1. That enchanted walkway is, well... enchanting!
    It does my heart good to see towns like this, thanks for sharing!

  2. what a great place to be! your photos capture it beautifully