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  • Eggar (1992 posts)
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    Route 66: Decay and Resilience Along Iconic US Highway

    A journey along the legendary Route 66 highway and the landmarks and controversies that made it iconic of the Southwest.

    December 11, 2016: Editor’s note: A previous version of this article stated that the highway ended in San Diego. This is incorrect. The highway ends in Santa Monica, California.

    Tucumcari, New Mexico – Muhammad Malik stands behind a cluttered desk, his words punctuated by a soft ding as his forearm glances the dusty reception bell at his near-empty motel on Route 66.

    “I bought it because it was cheap,” says Malik, 67, a former United Nations worker from Pakistan, who moved to Tucumcari in the early 2000s. “An unlikely retirement home,” he laughs.

    He bought his motel, the Palomino, located along a once-bustling portion of Route 66, the 4,000-kilometre highway between Santa Monica and Chicago that, for six decades, was the nation’s major throughway, connecting the rural backwaters of western United States to the highway.

    “This town was four times its size back then,” says Malik, standing out in the back of the motel beside a rusted playground and an empty 40s-era pool – “The first in Tucumcari” according to him.

    …[More From Source: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/12/route-66-decay-resilience-iconic-highway-161204113428151.html ]

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  • Satan (2058 posts)
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    1. I'm still pissed off they got rid of the spur highway that branched off of it…

    Damned fundaMENTALists….


    Fuck the DLC, Third Way, and Emily's List. They have proven themselves to be a threat to all life on Earth.
  • Doremus Jessup (2223 posts)
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    3. Tom Joad highway.

    Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity. End ALL occupations and bring the troops home.
  • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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    4. I've been from Tucson to….

    I’ve been from Tucson to Tucumcari
    Tehachapi to Tonapah
    Driven every kind of rig that’s ever been made
    Now I’ve driven the back roads
    So I wouldn’t get weighed
    And if you give me weed, whites, and wine
    Then you show me a sign
    I’ll be willin’ to be movin’


    (acoustic w/ linda Ronstadt)


    • Snort McDork (2311 posts)
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      5. I occasionally see the old timers who wear these hats and shirts that say

      paraphrasing…Route 66 ??Committee since it does run through here. I’m guessing some tourist group organizers of some form.