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Old 03-29-2012, 05:10 PM
 
Location: South St Louis
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Many small towns that happened to lie on the outskirts of urban areas years ago have since exploded in growth and become suburbs or exurbs. In my area (St. Louis), for example... Wentzville, O'Fallon, and St. Peters in Missouri and Edwardsville, O'Fallon, and Shiloh all used to be small, distant towns outside of the STL urban area. Then sprawl happened and these little towns ballooned. In fact, some of them exploded in growth. O'Fallon (MO) is a textbook example. The town contained only about 1000 residents in around 1970. Today, the city has a population of about 80,000. So, yes, small towns do have the potential for growth.
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:22 PM
 
Location: IN
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Many small towns that happened to lie on the outskirts of urban areas years ago have since exploded in growth and become suburbs or exurbs. In my area (St. Louis), for example... Wentzville, O'Fallon, and St. Peters in Missouri and Edwardsville, O'Fallon, and Shiloh all used to be small, distant towns outside of the STL urban area. Then sprawl happened and these little towns ballooned. In fact, some of them exploded in growth. O'Fallon (MO) is a textbook example. The town contained only about 1000 residents in around 1970. Today, the city has a population of about 80,000. So, yes, small towns do have the potential for growth.
That would be chem lawn suburbia. The developers just bought up all of the parcels and developed them due to the proximity of I-70. It's just amazing how bad the sprawl is in St. Louis through the I-70 corridor.
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Old 04-01-2012, 05:36 AM
 
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Please let me know. I'm very interested in such things, especially since I came from a small town.
Small towns can and have reinvented themselves. Those that organize, fix up their downtown, promote the small businesses, create initiatives for new businesses and stimulate interest in visiting whether for a day trip or longer will thrive. The towns in decay with no leadership or organization, no viable industry and lacking in vision will fail.

Some successful examples:

MADISON, MAINE: Reinventing a Small Town Economy | Maine Public Relations and Advertising Agency

Small-town Pickford swaps recession for reinvention

'Da Brick' is at the heart of Benkelman's revitalization plans | Rural Entrepreneurs and Rural Success Stories | Nebraska Rural Living | Seek more green and less noise

Creative Destinations: Braddock, a Steel Town That Levi's Helped Reinvent | Co.Design: business + innovation + design

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy:: News and Publications:: Features:: In Idaho, Former Silver Mining Town Reinvents Itself as Trails Destination
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Old 04-01-2012, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Texas
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kyle, I just got into Pickford but one term threw me, where it says, "Many small U.P. towns struggle to compete against the lure of the larger cities, like Marquette, Sault Ste. Marie and Escanaba, with their big box stores and greater choices for dining and shopping..." What is U.P.?
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Old 04-01-2012, 04:58 PM
 
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kyle, I just got into Pickford but one term threw me, where it says, "Many small U.P. towns struggle to compete against the lure of the larger cities, like Marquette, Sault Ste. Marie and Escanaba, with their big box stores and greater choices for dining and shopping..." What is U.P.?
It says so right in the article, Upper Peninsula = U.P.
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Old 04-01-2012, 04:59 PM
 
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In case the original poster doesn't see your question: "The U.P." is the Upper Peninsula of Michigan - it is a commonly used term in the region. Locals are known as "Yoopers". Most Yoopers would rather be an independent state, and regard southern Michigan with great distain!
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Old 04-01-2012, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Ah! I didn't connect the dots -- thanks.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Did they go somewhere?
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Texas
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You never know when a dots disappear or reappear...
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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Columbus Indiana is booming.
Manufacturing is hiring hundreds and hundreds of people there.
Alot of that has to do with Cummins and how they just announced 500 new jobs to Columbus Indiana.
Heck there isnt even enough apartments to account for all the new people moving there.
Hats off to Cummins for being a great company.
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