U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Rural and Small Town Living
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 08-11-2010, 09:08 PM
 
Location: 304
5,147 posts, read 6,990,930 times
Reputation: 1714

Advertisements

Hi,

I'm from a small town about 20 miles north of Charleston, WV. The town is small, but has a great history and culture. I personally see myself as an "urban minded" young man, but I can't help but love my home here in the green hills of West Virginia.

Clendenin, WV is around 1,200 people and has an area population of probably 5,000. The downtown is filled with 2 & 3 story, brick buildings. An old abandoned theater sits in disrepair. An old high school also sits ready for use, but the town is slowly vanishing. Two non prophit organizations try to restore the town, but there is only so much a broke group of people can do. A town that was home to many great businesses, including the first Union Carbide Plant, and an oil refinery that employed hundreds, now needs a new life. A new purpose.

My City mindset tells me that a town with the proximity to a city the size of Charleston, would play a great host to new subdivisions, retail, and other "modern" services,--------but the people in the town are in denial. They think that the town is better off how it is, rather than becoming a Bedroom. The town's government fills the same way. Am I wrong, or should a town like Clendenin try to achieve growth, while making older citizens give up their humble way of life.

I created this thread to ask your opinions.

What can a town do to regain honor???

How can the locals accept change, and what can make them understand.

and does the change start at the local High School Level???
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 08-11-2010, 09:24 PM
 
831 posts, read 1,368,575 times
Reputation: 2366
I have always wondered why Clendenin didn't do something with itself. Great location, close to Charleston. Clay and Roane County people would come to the new buisnesses as well. I think most people like to know their neighbors. They would be afraid of new sub divisions bringing in strangers so close to them. My parants grew up with all of my friends parents, everyone knows everyone. I would guess I would know you or someone from your family if you are a true Clendeninian. Five generations of my family have lived on the same piece of property on Thorofare. They live a big yard. They would hate to see a sub division close to them with the house right on top of each other. When I was younger I always wished a small college would come to Clendenin and something like a Target would have been nice. Some good food places to besides the DQ and Gino's.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-12-2010, 06:53 AM
 
Location: 304
5,147 posts, read 6,990,930 times
Reputation: 1714
Quote:
Originally Posted by SuzyQ123 View Post
I have always wondered why Clendenin didn't do something with itself. Great location, close to Charleston. Clay and Roane County people would come to the new buisnesses as well. I think most people like to know their neighbors. They would be afraid of new sub divisions bringing in strangers so close to them. My parants grew up with all of my friends parents, everyone knows everyone. I would guess I would know you or someone from your family if you are a true Clendeninian. Five generations of my family have lived on the same piece of property on Thorofare. They live a big yard. They would hate to see a sub division close to them with the house right on top of each other. When I was younger I always wished a small college would come to Clendenin and something like a Target would have been nice. Some good food places to besides the DQ and Gino's.
I live on Thorofare!!!

who is your family??? I'm a Jones, and live about 4 miles out on Thorofare.


On your college idea, the time is now!!! The old Middle School is being remodeled, and a small community college would do wonders.

I still find it amazing that I post the thread, and the first person to comment knows Clendenin, WV
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-12-2010, 04:39 PM
 
831 posts, read 1,368,575 times
Reputation: 2366
My family is the Smith's about 3 miles out on the straight stretch on Thorofare. Funny, Smith and Jones, don't get much more common than that.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-12-2010, 08:26 PM
 
Location: 304
5,147 posts, read 6,990,930 times
Reputation: 1714
Quote:
Originally Posted by SuzyQ123 View Post
My family is the Smith's about 3 miles out on the straight stretch on Thorofare. Funny, Smith and Jones, don't get much more common than that.
Is your name Suzy? or just a username?

This is very interesting
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-12-2010, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Midvale, Idaho
1,568 posts, read 2,434,230 times
Reputation: 1967
Hahaha Guess they went out to dinner. Come on back Smith and Jones want to know how this ends.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-13-2010, 07:40 AM
 
Location: 304
5,147 posts, read 6,990,930 times
Reputation: 1714
Quote:
Originally Posted by shades_of_idaho View Post
Hahaha Guess they went out to dinner. Come on back Smith and Jones want to know how this ends.
I do know some Smiths, but not to sure

but back to the OP--- What has your small town done to keep itself, and maintain during the 21st century???
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-13-2010, 07:43 AM
 
Location: In a chartreuse microbus
3,857 posts, read 5,383,756 times
Reputation: 8037
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chriscross309 View Post
Hi,

My City mindset tells me that a town with the proximity to a city the size of Charleston, would play a great host to new subdivisions, retail, and other "modern" services,--------but the people in the town are in denial. They think that the town is better off how it is, rather than becoming a Bedroom. The town's government fills the same way. Am I wrong, or should a town like Clendenin try to achieve growth, while making older citizens give up their humble way of life.

How can the locals accept change, and what can make them understand.

and does the change start at the local High School Level???
These are great questions, as you are looking to solve the problem rather than treat the symptom. I wish I had a more specific answer for you, but changing the thinking of generations is difficult at best. The only basic starting point I can provide is that you've got to prove that the change being proposed will directly improve their lives. It is a sale like any other; folks won't buy unless they can connect the dots between your change and their benefit. Good luck.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-13-2010, 02:19 PM
 
Location: 304
5,147 posts, read 6,990,930 times
Reputation: 1714
Quote:
Originally Posted by sirron View Post
These are great questions, as you are looking to solve the problem rather than treat the symptom. I wish I had a more specific answer for you, but changing the thinking of generations is difficult at best. The only basic starting point I can provide is that you've got to prove that the change being proposed will directly improve their lives. It is a sale like any other; folks won't buy unless they can connect the dots between your change and their benefit. Good luck.
Thank You

your words mean the most
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-13-2010, 03:54 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
34,454 posts, read 43,293,594 times
Reputation: 44120
1) What would be the attraction used to bring people to the town?
2) Is the population density in the town and surrounding area large enough to support re-development of the buildings in the downtown for new businesses?
3) What is the average family income of the area? Is that amount large enough to make the new, presumably, upscale businesses successful without tourism. If not, see #1.
4) Has a market study been completed to determine the first three items?

When you have the answers to the above you will have just the beginnings of the answers to your questions.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Rural and Small Town Living
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:11 AM.

© 2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top