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Old 07-10-2010, 10:35 AM
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You know your small town is losing it when illegals and AA's start moving in.
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Old 07-10-2010, 06:21 PM
Location: Western North Carolina
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When the only people getting a steady, reliable check in your small town are the retired people and the people on welfare.
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Old 07-10-2010, 09:57 PM
Location: Niceville, FL
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Originally Posted by other99 View Post
when there is no pizza shop there and its too far for home deliveries for dominos pizza.
Not even a Hunt Brothers at the gas station? I can remember getting into a talk with someone a while back about how they liked to expand into areas that the standalone pizza chains thought were too small.

Hunt BrothersĀ® Pizza (http://www.huntbrotherspizza.com/index.html - broken link)
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Old 07-10-2010, 11:50 PM
Location: Midvale, Idaho
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"Not even a Hunt Brothers at the gas station?"

LOL We do not even have a gas station.
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Old 07-11-2010, 04:13 AM
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Originally Posted by marmac View Post
I'm always amazed in the states forum about town size.

People complaining that certain cities of 100,000 are devoid of shopping opportunities and one must travel 50-100 miles to a bigger city.

I sometimes wonder if people don't post that expecting readers to think------" wow, there is a shopper who has particular tastes "
You got that right!

I wonder what the hell some people shop for when they say they need a big town to shop. 100,000 and not enough!!

Shopping is a disease today. It's no wonder why this country is broke. People are too damn materialistic. Shop, shop, shop !

Back then people only shop for threads, hygiene, and to fill their bellies. Today, it's all junk we could do without made in communist China.
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Old 07-11-2010, 11:34 AM
Location: Peoria, AZ & Munds Park, AZ
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Originally Posted by BrokenTap View Post
Everyone's definition of a "small town" is different I guess, but to me, if a town has a Walmart, it's not small. When I think of small I think less than 1500 people...

My town had about 6,000 people. That isnt incredibly small by population standards, but it does have a small town feel. the only fast food it had was Mrs Winners Chicken and Biscuits, Hardys, and a family owned place. The nearest Mcdonalds was 5 miles away. But they built won shortly after I moved.
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:41 AM
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This thread has been running two ways--small towns becoming larger and thus no longer small towns--and small towns dying. As most people here, I've seen both--each with their own problems and sadness. I hate seeing a small town growing to the point that it no longer is what attracted that growth in the first place. But, I guess it's just worse when the town all but becomes a ghost town...

You know you're small town is losing it when:
It's only bank closes.
It's only gas station closes.
It's only grocery or convenience store closes.
It's post office closes.
...and what seems to be the death knell for a community...when it's school, particularly an elementary school, closes.
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Old 07-12-2010, 03:28 PM
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I think any small town that doesn't have a cafe has already lost it.
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Old 07-15-2010, 02:39 PM
Location: Evansville, IN
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Originally Posted by ♪♫♪♪♫♫♪♥ View Post
My town has.....
  • lost almost 30% of it's blue-collar utopia union jobs when GM closed up every plant in town. Ever seen "Roger & Me"? Carbon-copy of my town, which at one time had the 2nd highest concentration of GM workers in the world, which is saying alot for a place that at one point had a population of about 70,000. Speaking of population, my town has.....
  • seen a population decline of approximately 15,000 since 1970. It continues to decline to this day.
  • closed a majority of it's public schools due to rapidly declining enrollment which is caused/fueled by poor academic performance. Of all the schools I attended only the elementary school remains and that's only because it was private. Speaking of school, my town has...
  • a high school graduation rate of somewhere around 27% last time I checked. Not too bright of a future when your town is almost a real-life Idiocracy.
  • property values are below state and national averages, wages are below state and national averages, salaries, tax bases, job growth, economic growth, yup...all below average and show no signs of improvement.
I could write an encyclopedia of what's happened but...nevermind.

Oh but wait, we have a fairly new casino in addition to our horse track! Now people have two places to blow their welfare checks!

I moved away years ago, came back due to unforeseen circumstances, and I can't wait to move away again once and for all. All of my friends have moved away, most of my family has moved away, and now I'm trying to convince my parents to move just so I don't have to come back to this dump for visiting. No luck yet, but I ain't giving up!

Do you live in Anderson, Indiana? I'm not trying to be a troll; I spent 30 years there & escaped. The town still isn't considered small, even after GM moved out, but it has a lot of the characteristics listed by the other posters.
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