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    Bumper sticker pride parade

    Bumper sticker pride parade

    From reader Nate, sent on May 13:

    I’m a regular reader of your blog, and love the bumper sticker page. Here is my contribution. Yesterday was the gay pride march in Northampton, MA which made for great opportunities for bumper sticker photos. Sure enough, here is the obligatory “car covered in stickers”.


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    LukeHandCool | May 23, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    That’s flamboyant.

    casualobserver | May 24, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Cars covered in stickers, especially with purely progressive memes, is very common in Northampton. If you really want to see an outbreak, travel a little further north to Greenfield, and even more so by traveling just a few miles more to Brattleboro, VT. In the 2008 election, voters in Northampton and some of the surrounding towns like Amherst chose Obama in numbers as high as 85% of the total vote. The area’s culture is a combination of the Five Colleges (i.e. very progressive academy folks) and natives with a long history of classical liberalism (some good, some not so good). The region overall is typical of post-industrial-but-never-recovered New England where there is much dependence on local, state, and federal subsidy.

    In other words those who are not progressive but frequently in the area don’t really even notice bumper stickers any more. It seems more like art than anything meaningful.

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