Shopping on Main Street, Northampton: A Boston Globe Review

NORTHAMPTON — “The ballet of the good city sidewalk never repeats itself from place to place, and in any one place is always replete with new improvisations,” wrote the late, great urban observer Jane Jacobs. She surely would have spotted this lively choreography on Northampton’s Main Street, from its curving trajectory — it bends nearly 90 degrees — to its human-scale architecture. Vibrant city streets like this one attract with an intricately layered charm: visible history and a bit of mystery, exotic aromas and changing rhythms.

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