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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Kickin' it on Route 66

This past weekend, the Route 66 Mother Road held its fourth annual festival in downtown Springfield. An estimated 1000 classic and antique cars and pick-ups from all over the country descended upon Springfield. I haven't heard any figures on how many people attended this year. Event coordinators were expecting to top last year's 70,000 that came from all over the world to Springfield.

Unfortunately, I didn't get to attend any of the festivities. That's not to say I didn't find myself surrounded by a bunch of gearheads on more than one occasion. However, Friday night I did find myself boxed in my neighborhood by almost 600 cars parading through town. I live just five short blocks from the part of Route 66 that runs through Springfield.

In honor of the festival, several downtown businesses allowed their windows to be painted with murals commemorating all things Route 66. The artwork is nothing short of spectacular, and Springfield is very fortunate to have so much artistic talent.

Local blogger Jerome Prophet has devoted the last week on his blog to indexing those murals, the artists, and the businesses, in both words and photographs. Individual entries in reverse order:

I can't say enough about JP's efforts to take it upon himself to create this project. It is truly awesome. With his unique style of writing and photography, Jerome Prophet consistently demonstrates the real value of local blogging. No other local media could even come close to being able to do what he does.

JP, you should really get an award for your endeavors. I commend you. I envy you.

Posted by Marie at October 4, 2005 11:42 PM


I really think JP and other local bloggers do offer a lot. It's too bad these blogs are still relatively unknown.

Posted by: Dave at October 5, 2005 8:38 AM

Well, JP's blog is unknown partly because:

* It's still quite young, even though it's been around for almost four months.
* He's doing something with his blog that is rarely done (I haven't fully analyzed this factor, but I'm sure I will).
* The people that should be interested in his content are relatively ignorant to blogs and what blogs can do for them.

But! It's better to be unknown with the potential to become known, than to be an overnight sensation in the blogging world.

Posted by: Marie at October 5, 2005 10:27 AM

Thank you so much for you generous critique.

I'm lucky to include both of your blogs in my blog roll.


Posted by: jeromeprophet at October 6, 2005 5:06 PM