by Jerry Blair
If a highway can
be considered a cultural asset, Highway 99 is the road of choice in
the Central Valley, and Great Valley Center President Carol Whiteside
is intent on bringing back the luster to this 'ribbon of highway'. By
revitalizing the green, she wants to kick start the effort to restore
99 to respectability.
Valley history and
cultural diversity thrive along its shoulders. But perhaps even more
so where it intersects with Highway 152, site of the Mammoth Orange.
Owner Doris Stiggins
considers the aging roadside stand a cultural symbol. But make no mistake,
it is also a thriving business.
Renovation to this
section of the highway is threatening to close off access to the Mammoth
Orange, but Doris Stiggins is cautiously optimistic about its future.
Doris may like her chances, but bemoans some of the cultural changes
our growth is causing -- particularly to the architectural landmarks
of our region's past...