Monday, 2 November 2009
Ten Cities: Pulaski
The third of my ten cities blog.
I grew up about fifteen miles from Pulaski, Tenn. It's best to describe Pulaski as a town which barely advances. It's population....barely 7k.
It's the square to got me addicted. In the center, lies the county court house...and surrounding it is the square. The square is the draw....with almost twenty-five businesses facing the court house. None of them ever pulled a huge profit in...they were above average businesses and mostly made a sell on a smile and a extra bit of effort in what they did.
It's something out of the 1950s and the people you meet....are like characters from Mayberry. It'd be awful hard to find someone of a bad nature.
About a block up the street is the county newspaper. Another block past that was the Dairy Queen establishment. Going downhill, about a block was the best shoe shop within fifty miles with a guy who personally repaired everything he sold. My dad probably invested fifty bucks a year on shoe repair at this shop.
At some point about twenty years ago....Wal-Mart came to Pulaski, and I figured it would eventually destroy the downtown area. I was wrong......folks still come and go there....looking mostly for the stuff that Wal-Mart won't sell.