Saturday, January 3, 2009
Has Habana Coffee in downtown Pensacola closed business? If so, this is truly a loss for Pensacola. Habana Coffee at once reinforced Pensacola's regional identity while challenging the homogenizing force of Starbucks. Pensacolians need to assert their local identity to recapture a more abundant and cohesive sense of community, but the same can be said for nearly every city in this nation. We are truly suffering, in James Howard Kunstler's words, the "geography of nowhere."