Corporate–driven sameness is swallowing up the localized sense of place that has long characterized the American landscape, writes preservationist author James Conaway, even in the verdant vineyards of the Napa Valley.
The disappearance of distinctive towns and places across the American landscape has not happened in a cultural vacuum, Conaway observes, but concurrent with a marked—and perhaps deliberate—decline in our national educational standards.
James Conaway (left) will talk about his book, Vanishing America, at Copperfield’s Books in Napa on Friday evening at 7 pm. His next book is slated to be a novel set here in the northern California Wine Country. It's due out next fall from St. Martin's Press.