Reading the Vernacular Landscape

The main street in Ward is littered with rusty vehicles. In *Axioms for Reading Landscape*, Peirce K. Lewis he writes about how the human made landscape can tell us so much about the kind of people who created that landscape. The abundance of inoperable vehicles in Ward led me to ask "why?" I thought perhaps it had to do with a caching of resources, or a lack of places to dispose old vehicles. Lewis warns about the difficulties in reading this vernacular landscape, and so, was the case in Ward. Following my experience in the town I was informed that the old cars are purposefully parked on the main street to make the town less appealing to outsiders, to keep them from stopping and gawking or considering moving to Ward.