Friday, January 8, 2010
From the very eclectic website "Good" comes a story about the death of the American rest stop. My husband found this story after we passed a closed rest stop on I-95 near Richmond, Virginia over the holidays. This is another Virginia budget-saver, along with banning cul de sacs. Virginia, however, isn't the only state closing its rest stops. If, like me, you're a sometime solo female traveler who enjoys a safe, warm place for a pit stop, this is not a happy trend. Also, if you're a fan of the kitschy mid-century modern look of many of the rests stops, or a preservation advocate in general, the loss of these rest stops is worrisome. Of course, we can always stop at Starbucks or McDonalds to use the loo and top up on caffinated beverages. But, for me, rest stops are an integral part of the interstate highway system, and I mourn their loss a little.
Jamie Baker Roskie
Follow up - Another article, this time from The New York Times, about a political kerfuffle in Arizona over closed rest stops.