Summertime Means Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz keeps popping up in conversations this week. Whether you grew up there or just passed through, for many of us in Northern California, summertime means Santa Cruz.

A recent essay by Manjula Martin explores the unique push and pull of Santa Cruz. This excerpt sums up my topophilia for Santa Cruz perfectly:

“I wanted to be able to access all the hometowns of my past, the secret beaches and the famous ones, the soundtracks and the summer songs. I resented Santa Cruz for moving beyond my nostalgic vision of itself, and I treasured it, too, for still feeling like home despite the passage of eras.” Manjula Martin, Under the Boardwalk


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