Sunday, February 28, 2010

Midwest Cliché - Part Five

Go Left, Young Man
 © 2009
Larry Torno

Today's photo continues the Midwest Cliché series that I originally began posting on August 16, 2009
     Go Left, Young Man was found in a rural area that borders the edge of our city. I thought it ironic and yet, possibly fitting, that there would be warning signs not to proceed straight ahead to the countryside. Instead, you're directed to pass by this area and enter a new subdivision with cookie-cutter style homes and flat, treeless roads. 
     Perhaps it's better that the original rural citizens don't want anyone trespassing on their land as much as the new neighbors don't want to be part of the past. Notice how perfectly straight the silos are aligned in a row and how haphazardly the newly constructed road signs fall out of rhythm. 
     When Horace Greeley borrowed the quote "Go west, young man, and grow up with the country!" from John B. L. Soule, he had no idea that we might one day go so far west that we would end up in the east. 

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