If Norman Rockwell were alive today, his paintings would feature Fords driving down Main Street while the drivers devoured hot dogs smothered in cheese, because you can't get more American than that. Americans are weirdly into their Main Streets. Nothing weird about cheese dogs, mind you. But to the point: there's an annual award for the best Main Street in America, and this year's results are in.
According to the annual Great Historic Main Street Contest, put on by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the best Main Streets in America are in Cape Girardeau, MO; Montclair, NJ; and Rawlins, WY. If you've never heard of these places, well, there's a reason: the biggest one, Cape Girardeau, only has 38,000 residents. It's most famous for being home to Southeast Missouri State University -- which you can only assume is the Harvard of Southeast Missouri.