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Old 01-08-2020, 08:49 PM
 
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Recently, the small Kansas town I grew up in rejected creating a TIF district so that a preliminary study could be done to see if we could support a Lowe's. Developers were looking to purchase farm land on the North end of town with the anchor store being Lowe's. There were to be some other small retailers and possibly a restaurant.

There, of course, was a very heated debate in town. People are still fired up about it but I see it as an opportunity to ignite some change in the town.

So, my question to this board is- if you had the chance to create a perfect town(in your eyes) or bring an idea to your town what would it be? Some examples are: mass transit, restoring a historic downtown, bringing in more chain stores.

The sky is the limit.
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Old 01-09-2020, 08:05 AM
 
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There was a new town movement several years ago. I happened to live in the first new town, Jonathan, MN, while I was a summer horticulture intern at the Minnesota Arboretum. Here is a link to more information.file:///C:/Users/Owner/AppData/Local...Movement-1.pdf
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Old 01-09-2020, 08:47 AM
 
Location: In the house we finally own!
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I am pretty happy with the small town (pop. @9000) where we live in southeast Kansas. There is a vibrant, clean downtown, many restaurants including Pizza Hut, Subway, McDonald's, Taco John's and several other varieties of sit-down places. There is a Walmart, a G & W, and Tractor Supply and True Value Hardware, and a good variety of locally owned stores. The library is awesome, and there are a few museums. The schools are good, there is a pool, a recreation center, four pharmacies, an excellent hospital, and some very nice parks. The only thing I would change is the Kansas tax on food, which makes it hard to stretch your food dollars when on a fixed income.
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Old 01-09-2020, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Riley Co
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I am pretty happy with the small town (pop. @9000) where we live in southeast Kansas. four pharmacies
!!!!!

Alex, the Q is what does Chanute have to attract citizens?

The answer, as seen in Yates Center, Piqua (?, = YC bank), Fredonia, Neodesha, Iola, et al . . . . businesses no longer open. My sis told me @ Thanksgiving our cousins & everybody else in YC were envious of the lifestyle the only local pharmicist was living.

Dr. John D Atkin is a Family Practice Specialist in Yates Center, Kansas. He graduated with honors from University Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine in 1961. Having more than 59 years of diverse experiences, That would be my grandparents' doctor. His grandson apparently also is in YC:
Dr. John D Atkin III, MD is a doctor primarily located in Yates Center, KS

There is 1 nursing home in Yates Center, Kansas ( Woodson county) with 45 beds and home to 37 residents. Campbell Funeral Home is still open, the other mortuary closed years ago.

I posted before that when I was a kid, in the 50s, there were 4 new car dealerships in YC. My grandpa offered to buy the Chevrolet dealership for my uncle (in Idaho) to run, didn't happen, perhaps he saw the writing on the wall.

~ 6 years back, I spoke w/KSU extension economist re: retirement in KS. He stated their research indicated a pop. of 20K was necessary to retain the facilities for a viable town. Chanute's amenities exist thanks to the ~ 11,000 nonlocals who must trade there.
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Old 01-10-2020, 10:58 AM
 
Location: In the house we finally own!
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Alex, the Q is what does Chanute have to attract citizens?...

...~ 6 years back, I spoke w/KSU extension economist re: retirement in KS. He stated their research indicated a pop. of 20K was necessary to retain the facilities for a viable town. Chanute's amenities exist thanks to the ~ 11,000 nonlocals who must trade there.
They don't have to trade solely in Chanute. We often go to Parsons, Pittsburg or Iola for different things that Chanute does not have. For example, my husband goes to the VA in Parsons, we go to Taco Bell in Iola, etc. I grew up a city girl (which I hated!) and it would often take 30-40 minutes to get across town. Driving to Parsons or Iola takes the same amount of time, but instead of strip malls, parking lots, and gas stations, we see corn fields, pastures full of cattle, and wide open spaces. All of the amenities one seeks may not be located in one town, but getting to them in another is a lot more pleasant than spending the same amount of time driving through traffic and urban spawl. Just my opinion.
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Old 01-10-2020, 05:30 PM
 
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All of the amenities one seeks may not be located in one town, but getting to them in another is a lot more pleasant than spending the same amount of time driving through traffic and urban spawl. Just my opinion.
I would agree, having worked in Detroit & St. Louis. I've had an 80-mile commute in KS, with 2 stop signs & 1 stoplight. But it's certainly more convenient IF your hometown can supply your needs without that 45 minute drive to work/daily necessities.

My grandparents lived @ Rose (nothing then, nothing now). After I became a diabetic @ age 11, we never again stayed with my grandparents (closer to the hospital in Chanute, BUT by gravel roads). We would stay with my aunt & uncle, just N of Yates Center. (farther to the hospital in Iola, but faster by highway 54). That'a the kind quality of life choice that people make when deciding where to live.

KSU's research still suggests a core pop. of 20,000 was necessary to retain the facilities for a viable town.
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Old 01-13-2020, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Floyd County, IN
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I would agree, having worked in Detroit & St. Louis. I've had an 80-mile commute in KS, with 2 stop signs & 1 stoplight. But it's certainly more convenient IF your hometown can supply your needs without that 45 minute drive to work/daily necessities.

My grandparents lived @ Rose (nothing then, nothing now). After I became a diabetic @ age 11, we never again stayed with my grandparents (closer to the hospital in Chanute, BUT by gravel roads). We would stay with my aunt & uncle, just N of Yates Center. (farther to the hospital in Iola, but faster by highway 54). That'a the kind quality of life choice that people make when deciding where to live.

KSU's research still suggests a core pop. of 20,000 was necessary to retain the facilities for a viable town.
For standalone cities in KS, correct, all of them have continued to see consistent declines and out-migration to larger metro areas every decade with few exceptions. All SE Kansas counties have seen large population declines since 2010 with Crawford County the only county seeing little decline.
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