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Article updated: 7/25/2013 5:26 AM

The destiny for most suburbs is to adopt a boring motto

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Between World War I and World War II, Des Plaines earned its motto as the "City of Roses." In this 1937 photograph, Paul F. Amling, right, helps load 25,000 rosebushes on a train bound for California.

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Before Des Plaines became the "City of Destiny," it was the "City of Roses" and used the motto in this copy of the Des Plaines Historical Society's quarterly magazine.

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While Des Plaines is known as the "City of Destiny," no one who has ever been stuck in traffic can argue with the motto on this button sold by the Des Plaines History Center.

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Do you know your suburb's motto? Here's a hint: It's boring and probably also could be the motto of the community next door. Unless you happen to live in the "City of Destiny." Town mottos are like nicknames in that the best ones, such as "City of Big Shoulders" for Chicago, are bestowed by others and not self-proclaimed, such as "Urbus en Horto" ("City in a Garden") for Chicago.
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    • Between World War I and World War II, Des Plaines earned its motto as the “City of Roses.” In this 1937 photograph, Paul F. Amling, right, helps load 25,000 rosebushes on a train bound for California.
    • Before Des Plaines became the “City of Destiny,” it was the “City of Roses” and used the motto in this copy of the Des Plaines Historical Society’s quarterly magazine.
    • While Des Plaines is known as the “City of Destiny,” no one who has ever been stuck in traffic can argue with the motto on this button sold by the Des Plaines History Center.
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