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My Favorite Street
// Main Street, Northampton, Massachusetts
TV and radio host Rachel Maddow ascended to national pop prominence quickly. She is maddeningly well informed (she was a Rhodes Scholar and has a PhD in political science from Oxford) and radiates a homespun Yankee charisma both on and the set of The Rachel Maddow Show. No wonder she calls this home. Her favorite street is, of course, Main Street. really is a microcosm of so
MAIN STREET IS THE SOCIAL
HUB OF THE TOWN.
attractive about living in that part of New she says. one end, Smith College, and at the other end is a railroad overpass that takes train cars full of Rachel Maddow coal to the power plant. You get more old school than Grant
love comic books, and Modern Myths is my favorite comic book store in the says Maddow. a brand new comic series that I love, which is called Stumptown, by a guy named Greg Rucka, and a huge fan of everything that he does. modern-myths.com
a ton of arts representation on Main Street. Not only are there a number of great galleries such as A.P.E. Gallery and Will Baczek, but also a solid, real-deal, working artsupply store called Guild Art apearts. org; newenglandart.com
been to a million restaurants, and the Green Street is one of my favorite places. The owners grow all of their own vegetables. serious food and a great atmosphere. There is a chicken with peaches and sage that I can taste right greenstreet cafenorthampton.com
Marketplace is a retail complex on the main drag. an idea that existed before there were malls. Among the independent places are Paul and and Ice Cream. does a malted vanilla that I think is just thornesmarketplace.com
a really good CD store underground just Main Street called Turn It Up! Records. It has the perfect attitude. spent many a paycheck on CDs there. Raven is the place for used books, and has a very scholarly turnitup.com; ravenused books.com
Main Street in Northampton is Route 9, which leads to nearby Florence, an important stop on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War.
Paul and part of the Thornes Marketplace. 150 Main St., paulandelizabeths.com The Academy of Music Theatre, which, according to Maddow, modern releases, crazy sing-alongs. owned by the city of 274 Main St., academyofmusictheatre.com Modern Myths, 34 Bridge St. The salmon at Side Street in Florence. 42 Maple St., sidestcafe.com Dirty Truth has an incredible beer selection from all over the world. I am a specialty cocktail person, but when I go to The Dirty Truth, I drink says Maddow. 29 Main St., dirtytruthbeerhall.com
Maddow, a self-proclaimed public art snob, says the town of Florence with this statue of Sojourner Truth.
June 2010 deltaskymag.com
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