Ha-ha, readers! For once, thou shalt not be bashing the gateway to the midwest- good ole Ohio! In fact, I was impressed to see Yellow Springs (home of Dave Chapelle) show up as 1 of 10 coolest small towns to live according to Budget Travel. I’ve been there once and was pleasantly surprised to see this hippie haven of a town in what seems to be the middle of nowhere, Ohio. It’s about 60 minutes drive from Columbus, just outside Springfield, Ohio (home of “The Simpsons“…sorta, depending on who you believe…in any case it’s funny how Ohio is so often referenced in shows or when talking about average America), or about 20 minutes from Dayton.
So here’s the excerpt from Budget Travel Magazine.
Nearest City: Dayton, 21 miles
Yellow Springs has been a beacon for artists, activists, and creative thinkers since progressive Antioch College opened in 1852. “You can breathe here and feel very comfortable expressing yourself,” says Kim Korkan, co-owner of The Winds Cafe & Bakery, which serves dishes using ingredients mostly from local farms. Although the college was forced to close this summer because of financial problems, Yellow Springs is thriving: The main drag, Xenia Avenue, is lined with shops, cafés, restaurants, and galleries. No Common Scents sells more than 250 varieties of herbs and spices from across the globe, and Clemente Ullmer’s shop, La Llama Place, is stocked with crafts from South America. Across town, the Yellow Springs Dharma Center, a Buddhist retreat draped in Tibetan prayer flags, holds meditation and chanting sessions. Public art has taken on a new meaning in the town, as well. One day, knitting appeared wrapped around a tree downtown, and soon passersby were bringing yarn to add to it. Now, the signposts up and down Xenia Avenue are covered with knitted “graffiti.” — Peter Mandel
click below for slide.com presentation of more knitting graffiti that I found on Jafabrit‘sblog