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Old 02-23-2017, 08:05 AM
Location: No Man's Land
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Hey folks,

I'm in the process of trying to write a book about coming of age, American social and cultural values of days before technology really began to take off after 2000-2001.

I'm trying to come up with unique ideas for an ideal setting somewhere in a picturesque, conservative small rural town near an up-and-coming bustling metro area that experiences mass pressure from greedy developers and corrupt politicians.

So I wanted to get insight from some of the posters on City-Data that have experienced and witnessed (in real life) towns/cities that have changed, been revitalized and might be almost unrecognizable to this day due to "progress". I'm looking for something that stirs up a sweet, bittersweet nostalgic feeling as my book will be told through the lens of the protagonist experiencing this.

Please feel free to share your experiences and stories, just trying to brainstorm.

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Old 04-06-2017, 09:25 PM
Location: No Man's Land
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Nobody? Lol.
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Old 04-06-2017, 10:19 PM
Location: Downtown Los Angeles
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In terms of tech--the Silicon Valley. It transformed from an exurb to the center of one of the world's largest industries, and increased in wealth dramatically. There has been a massive difference over the past 2 decades. Some small towns definitely got swallowed up, and the suburbs developed suburbs of their own out in rural areas like Tracy and Stockton.

In terms of modern examples, many suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona annexed narrow strips of land stretching many miles in order to corner off vast swaths of desert into their municipalities that later became suburbs. Read about that here: Strip Annexation in Arizona Twelve Mile Circle maps, geography, travel

80-is years ago, Los Angeles secretly bought up water rights in California's rural Owens Valley and redirected the entire river along a new Aqueduct to LA. A few insiders knew about all this water coming, and they bought vast swaths of the uninhabitable-for-lots-of-people, rural San Fernando Valley for cheap, then developed the whole area into a 2-million-person suburb, made possible by Owens Valley Water. The Owens Valley quickly became ugly, polluted, and hostile without its water.
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