Bella Green is the Stevenson Center graduate Fellow. Her work focuses on rural housing research, and she also supports HAC’s rural housing legislative efforts and the creative placemaking program initiative CIRD (Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design). Prior to HAC, Bella served as an AmeriCorps VISTA on a college service-learning program. She received her Bachelor’s in Sociology from North Central College and is pursuing a Master’s in Sociology from Illinois State University.
December 4, 2012
Travel teaches you many things, not the least of which is that the world doesn’t have to be ugly.
I first learned this lesson while serving in the U.S. Army in Germany during the 1970s. Heidelberg, where I lived, was clean, compact, and dripping with history. The town center was packed with shops and sidewalk cafes. Missing were cars, which you really didn’t need because you could walk from one end of town to the other in about 20 minutes.