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Old 08-27-2010, 09:31 AM
 
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Just an observation about two small towns' attitudes and how they relate to growth. I work in public schools in two small towns. In one town, the kids in the high school will hold open doors, say hello, are extremely helpful, ...the other high school, the kids don't acknowledge adults, or make smart remarks, name call from the parking lot, very cocky attitude by the boys at graduation, including the valedictorian making a comment about "well we thank the teachers, they did the best they could". I think the one town is anti-growth, insular, and this attitude has made the kids believe they don't need anyone. The other town, the kids have been taught to reach out to others, and be respectful. Guess which town is thriving, and which town is dying.
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Old 08-27-2010, 10:54 AM
 
Location: State of Superior
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You folks need to get off the Interstate ...and take the Blue Roads once in a while. Its a big Country, a lot of Fly-over places exist all across the land. As long as we have tillable soil there will be farms, however , the big ones will be Corporate in most places. They are still farms, and there will still be needed people to work them.
Small town America is disappearing due to the Corporate climate, the Wall Marts , that have ruined the simpler slower paced way of life. Blame it on the Big Box stores, thats the bottom line. Vermont at lest has seen a way to slow this infestation. Their biggest industry is Ben & Jerries, and even that has gone Corporate.
Up here in Upper Michigan , we still have a lot of open land, always will , cause its good for little but to look at. Which is not all bad ether. If you are lookig for small town America , best bet is to go to places where there is little population. We are the largest County in Michigan, yet , Marquette County has less than 100,000 people. ( We consider this a city). The U.P. as a whole has 2.8 per cent of the states population and one third the land mass. Not as sparce as Wyoming , or Alaska , but just the same...fewer people, thats what its all about.
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Old 08-27-2010, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma(formerly SoCalif) Originally Mich,
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You folks need to get off the Interstate ...and take the Blue Roads once in a while. Its a big Country, a lot of Fly-over places exist all across the land. As long as we have tillable soil there will be farms, however , the big ones will be Corporate in most places. They are still farms, and there will still be needed people to work them.
Small town America is disappearing due to the Corporate climate, the Wall Marts , that have ruined the simpler slower paced way of life. Blame it on the Big Box stores, thats the bottom line. Vermont at lest has seen a way to slow this infestation. Their biggest industry is Ben & Jerries, and even that has gone Corporate.
Up here in Upper Michigan , we still have a lot of open land, always will , cause its good for little but to look at. Which is not all bad ether. If you are lookig for small town America , best bet is to go to places where there is little population. We are the largest County in Michigan, yet , Marquette County has less than 100,000 people. ( We consider this a city). The U.P. as a whole has 2.8 per cent of the states population and one third the land mass. Not as sparce as Wyoming , or Alaska , but just the same...fewer people, thats what its all about.
I was born and raised in NW (LP) Michigan.

The trees out number the people and the wildlife (many times over) in Michigan (at least in the N LP and UP)
and I hope it stays that way,
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Old 08-27-2010, 12:17 PM
 
Location: State of Superior
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I was born and raised in NW (LP) Michigan.

The trees out number the people and the wildlife (many times over) in Michigan (at least in the N LP and UP)
and I hope it stays that way,
And we hope you are one of those folks who...come back, for a visit anyway?
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Old 08-27-2010, 08:48 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Small towns outside of metro areas may be at risk, but rural America far outweighs (in available land) the urban area, at least as far as I can see. The rural area I live in is perfectly safe, no chance of getting built up in my lifetime.
Howdy, Neighbor. I'm with you. Our area is safe and in no danger of being taken over by development, sprawl or corporate expansion anytime soon. The nearest town has 129 residents on one side of the state line and 32 on the other. It's 9.5 miles away. Next up and in the opposite direction is a booming metropolis of barely over 4,000, and it's 18 miles from home. Finally, there's a HUGE city of almost 7,000 three or four miles further up the pike.

My best guess is that I'll assume room temperature long before I feel the least bit crowded. Got a huge lake across the street on one side and not much level land for any kind of development on the other.
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Old 08-27-2010, 10:26 PM
 
Location: State of Superior
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Howdy, Neighbor. I'm with you. Our area is safe and in no danger of being taken over by development, sprawl or corporate expansion anytime soon. The nearest town has 129 residents on one side of the state line and 32 on the other. It's 9.5 miles away. Next up and in the opposite direction is a booming metropolis of barely over 4,000, and it's 18 miles from home. Finally, there's a HUGE city of almost 7,000 three or four miles further up the pike.

My best guess is that I'll assume room temperature long before I feel the least bit crowded. Got a huge lake across the street on one side and not much level land for any kind of development on the other.
Spent a week one night in SW Mo, Mo. very sleepy town, that was 40 years ago now. Only place to eat was a drive in, and I took down their electric wires with my truck...town folk were not happy. I did not even know it , until the town cop woke me up at the John Deere dealer.
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