American Academy in Rome

American Academy in Rome

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Writer and humorist Calvin Trillin and architect Robert A.M. Stern. Asked about the thrills of visiting the academy in Rome, Trillin recalled that his hometown of Kansas City once considered changing its slogan from "Heart of America" to "More Boulevards Than Paris, More Fountains Than Rome." "I told them it depends on how many more fountains Kansas City has."