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Old 07-21-2014, 04:12 PM
 
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When I look back at living in a small town, I think of how the economy shrank and the area become mostly a working class economy with the only well paying jobs in tourism, medical, or working in schools. There happened to be one science firm there as well, but other than the place had lost many jobs over the years and gained more retail and minimum wage jobs.

I lived in a suburb of a big city before and now I live in a small condensed town near a college town. While, we still lack in having many jobs as a larger metro area, we still have more than where I used to live. However, the economy where I live is expanding. The companies in town are hiring more people. Including the one I'm at now. Medical, tech, energy, education and higher education, and tourism fuel the economy of the college town and even has enough jobs to allow some people to live in towns 15-20 minutes away.

I'm such a picky person and while I like my area, it still feels small to me. There is only one church I like in the whole region. We have one asian market, which feels like it meets the community's demands, but being the only asian market in town they are pricey. I wish we had at least one other asian market and a Mexican market.

The downtown, imo, finally is getting way better. They are building some more 4-5 story mixed-use buildings. The last mixed-use building we got added 3 great ethnic restaurants to the area that are bustling with business. The downtown also has seen the addition of Which Wich Sandwiches and Yogurtland. Two other nice additions.

I also don't like how my area is not one contiguous urban area. There is about 5-8 miles of no built up area between the college town and the commuter towns to the south. The commuter towns even feel more dense than the college town itself. One of the commuter towns is also a tourist town and it's probably the nicest of the towns in that area. Still, it's a small town and no economy.
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Old 07-21-2014, 07:32 PM
 
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You didn't ask any questions, but since you live in the most populous state, and in the only part of coastal CA that is not contiguous cities, just move north or south?
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Old 07-21-2014, 10:51 PM
 
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You didn't ask any questions, but since you live in the most populous state, and in the only part of coastal CA that is not contiguous cities, just move north or south?
Yeah I was just looking for comments on my thought. And is it just me, or are only the coastal parts of CA contiguously built up? Seems that inland cities have space in between them.
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Old 07-21-2014, 11:01 PM
 
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Yeah I was just looking for comments on my thought. And is it just me, or are only the coastal parts of CA contiguously built up? Seems that inland cities have space in between them.
Oh, the inland central valley cities have many miles between them. On the 5 you can drive and see a whole lot of nothin' for long stretches.
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Old 07-21-2014, 11:55 PM
 
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Oh, the inland central valley cities have many miles between them. On the 5 you can drive and see a whole lot of nothin' for long stretches.
Feels like the same with Vegas area and between Mesa and Tuscon and Phoenix.
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