It’s amazing how a town in Ohio can be architecturally exotic, all-American, thriving, and aspirational without descending into blandness, conformity, and mind-numbing boringness. I wonder if there are places like this in America today?
What treasures and what towns we lost when we won the war 65 years ago.
@mike: Gummo was based on Xenia but was not actually filmed there.
Having attended college very close to Xenia, we often went there for groceries and the like, and while it certainly has its share of problems, it is nothing like the portrayal in Gummo. The thing to remember is that it’s in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by farmland, with no real industry of which to speak. It’s been hit by multiple tornadoes, the worst of which almost wiped the town off the map. And while the economy is rough now, it’s never been a town of much affluence. I love these pictures because they portray a simpler time in Xenia’s life and I for one pray it will one day look like this again.
Hi Michael: These color-rich pictures bring back memories of my early SW Ohio days. A favorite teacher commuted daily from Xenia on her motorcycle to my high school in Springfield. Good communities and great people!