As a former urban planner, I must say I was enamored with Oxford, Michigan.
It was the perfectly All-American 1950s downtown. I loved it! So quaint. Mostly locally owned. Walkable! And near a farmersâ€™ market and park.
Fun fact: I used to write Design Guidelines for developers in downtown areas in small Pennsylvania towns. The downtown of Oxford was exactly what I wouldâ€™ve recommended â€“ cute architectural articulation, authentic details in renovations buildings, wide sidewalks, ample lighting and seating, streetside parking, and pretty pavers on the sidewalks.
It was a lot of fun â€“ I did two presentations and we had interesting and heated discussions.
It was also neat for me to hear the girls talk about how their Catholic faith has strengthened their self-esteem. One girl said Catholicism has given her confidence because she knows sheâ€™s never alone and that God, Jesus, and Mary will always support and forgive her. I also got to talk to several woman who are my age and chose to become consecrated woman. They loved their jobs and callings so passionately. Iâ€™m not religious, but I find the communities that form around religion so fascinating!
Grabbed some grub afterwards:
Just a salad with blue cheese, cherries, and almonds. Kind of blah.
But I got to watch THIS go down:
SCANDALOUS. I cannot believe Casey Anthony was found not guilty. I was living in Orlando when the case broke, so I was super invested in the decision today! I know the burden of proof is high (as it should be!), and itâ€™s hard to be a juror, butâ€¦ you know. It makes me sad that Caylee hasnâ€™t received justice, one way or another.
Time to board my flight and go home to Charlotteâ€¦ Some serious travelinâ€™ today!