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What makes a town special?

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By The Staff

Dear Editor,

What makes a town “special?”  Oddly enough it is not the people.  We speak of “the town and its people,” or the “townsfolk,” both of which entail the concept that each, the town and the people of the town, are separate entities. 

Populations cycle, every 20 years in Los Alamos. People are people everywhere, subject to the various good and questionable aspects of the condition of being a people.

Nor is it the setting. Though Los Alamos is blessed with a stunning natural setting there are countless other towns along our coasts and mountain ranges which are equally blessed. 

What makes a town special is the town itself.  Its public and private structures, its plan and layout, its use of its resources, all combine to make the town unique unto itself.  We hardly find ourselves in a small New England village and remark on its “quaint charm” as referrence to its people.  Nor do we remark on the pleasantness of a mid-western town in referrence to its rather flat and inconspicuous surround.  We refer to the town itself.


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