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We live in an older mid-town neighborhood in Jackson that fell between the cracks when tastemakers passed through. The shops and homes are an eclectic hodge-podge of styles, and there is a vibrant artistic and musical community. Though there are some very nice upscale homes in the area, there are more cottages scattered along the winding, shaded streets, giving rise to an egalitarian approach - the pursuit of happiness is easy when no two homes are alike!

Fondren is very laissez-faire - a French term literally meaning let do (“allow to do”). We believe in minimal intervention in the affairs of others. We are relaxed, free-wheeling, tolerant, nonjudgmental, and both broad- and open-minded. A lot of artists, writers, and other creative people share our streets, and we resist being pegged. We can paint our houses whatever colors we like - even brazenly - and we express ourselves with home-made garden art (Fondren has more bottle trees per capita than anywhere else in the world); we have composts, vegetable and herb gardens, and wildflowers in our front yards.

Even our neighborhood association has now picked up on my "Keep Fondren Funky" motto - which I have been promoting with my own sign awards for some time now - by awarding a "So Funky" sign to the best spirit of holiday display...

Here is a simple assortment of images I have taken around our small neighborhood. Enjoy - or not!

CHRISTMAS IN FONDREN ... including some of Mark Patrick's work on State Street and Felder's own holiday rubber tire tree...

Black Santa

 

some of Mark Patrick's stuff

Holiday Rosemary Felder's Recycled Christmas

 

Selected Images taken throughout the neighborhood... including architectural details, colors, and various ways gardeners express themselves with home-made accessories...

ePetrified Wood the Flag StoreFelder's neat neighbor

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Here are a FEW Fondren Bottle Trees... There are dozens scattered around the area...

and this isn't even to MENTION the ten bottle trees in my OWN garden...

Fondren is a cool place to shop, eat, drink, walk, and live. If you come visit, be nice... or leave!