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Theme Towns: The Pitfalls and Alternatives of Image Making
Small Towns
  • Miriam Engler, miraengl@iastate.edu
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Article
Publication Version
Published Version
Publication Date
1-1-1994
Abstract

In a Small Town article published a few years ago, Marti Willetts of Albia, Iowa, described her experience of living on the town square in a restored second-floor apartment: "It's just like living in Disney world. I look through my front windows at the wonderful Albia Square and feel as if I'm in Disney's Main Street U.S.A. with the little shops and people walking around and things going on." But Marti did not realize that Disney's Main Street image is based on those real images existing in small towns like Albia. Mrs. Willetts' description expresses the dependence people have on images shaped by commercial settings and the mass media and also exemplifies a desire of people who live in small towns to revive community identity and the lost vitality of their downtowns.

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This is an article from Small Town, 24(4) Jan-Feb 1994; 14-23. Posted with permission

Copyright Owner
Small Towns Institute
Language
en
Date Available
2015-06-08
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application/pdf
Citation Information
Miriam Engler. "Theme Towns: The Pitfalls and Alternatives of Image Making" Small Towns Vol. 24 Iss. 4 (1994) p. 14 - 23
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/miriam_engler/5/