I notice in art galleries that painters, and perhaps photographers, like to show city intersections at an angle. So do you think this is to show twice as many shops, from an interesting perspective, or in order to clearly show which intersection it is and identify the neighborhood?
Why does Western North Carolina have so few Indian names? I am not used to this, being familiar with NH, MA, and Eastern VA places. Come to think of it, VT also has fewer Native names, so it may relate to when in colonial history the places were settled.
When did erecting trees as a "permanent" memorial become fashionable? I saw a few in New York, now old enough that they are in danger of dying and being removed. I have a sense that in NH it didn't really get started until later in my childhood. It reminds me of the weekend of the Kennedy funeral while we were watching the procession to Arlington National Cemetery. My mother was crying, but she couldn't help but start giggling when the announcer told us that the Eternal Flame we were seeing was only a temporary eternal flame, until the permanent one was installed.
Is the kudzu situation improving or deteriorating? I recalled long roadside sections around Greenville, SC covered with the stuff a dozen years ago. There was a lot around Asheville, but it didn't look quite that bad.