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The discussion-topic/chatter/buzz that has everyone interested or excited but is also constrained to a certain location.

Examples:

After winning the super bowl, the Eagles were the talk of the town in Philly.
The new statue in the park is the talk of the town.

A single word preferably, but not necessarily.

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    Questions on choosing an ideal word or phrase must include information on how it will be used in order to be answered. For help writing a good word or phrase request, see: About single word requests – TrevorD Apr 30 '19 at 22:34
  • @TrevorD sorry about that. I added some detail. Hopefully it helps. – kkk Apr 30 '19 at 22:52
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    I've formatted your Q. for clarity. But note I've also changed "but necessarily" to "but not necessarily", which, I assume, is what you intended. – TrevorD Apr 30 '19 at 22:59
  • I'm pretty sure there is nothing else that encompasses the whole meaning of local cause celebre as well as talk of the town. (Not even local cause celebre. That's an alternative, but I don't see it as being any better. It's certainly not much shorter.) – Jason Bassford Supports Monica May 1 '19 at 9:54
  • I would say "on everyone's lips", but I am pretty sure that would probably get a lot of snarky comments... – Cascabel May 1 '19 at 16:26
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As in:

After winning the super bowl, the Eagles were the Philly conversation piece.

and

1958 J. K. Galbraith Affluent Society Perhaps the bank rate..derived prestige from its position as a Victorian conversation piece.

From the OED:

conversation piece n. a subject for conversation; something to talk about; (c) a piece of conversation; a dialogue

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