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Hamburg: Birthplace of the burger - and a renewed Main Street?

If you believe Dan Burden, the country will be looking to Hamburg as a leader in traffic calming and restoration of the hometown "Main Street."

It's because the four roundabouts installed on Main and Buffalo streets have transformed the village. Not everyone likes them, but the number of accidents has dropped measurably since they were constructed.

Burden formed "Walkable Communities," a non-profit group that promotes "walkability as the cornerstone of a successful, vibrant community," according to its web site, www.walkable.org.

Hamburg may not have had this much pressure since the Menches brothers created the burger at the Hamburg Fair in 1885.

— Barbara O'Brien

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