Head for the Square!

Once upon a time, in an age before urban sprawl and six-lane highways, visionary cities were organized around a town square. Rapid Citians embraced that age-old concept in recent years by cooperating to create Main Street Square, a plaza with an amphitheater, fountains of water splashing on children and stone carvings to represent the timeless elements of wind and water that have shaped the Badlands and Black Hills. Concerts, movies and children’s activities are held throughout the summer, but the square is a daily attraction. Old buildings around the square were either refurbished or — when restoration was not feasible — replaced with appropriate architecture. A book shop, coffee house, bakery, pub and toy store have sprung up. It’s not difficult to find; just listen for the laughter of children and follow that to Sixth & Main.

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