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Old 01-19-2008, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Kingsport, TN
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bringing cash, culture -- and controversy.

Interesting article in today's Wall State Journal:

The word "gentrification" conjures up images of once-poor urban neighborhoods invaded by cappuccino bars and million-dollar condos. Now, broad swaths of rural America -- from New England to the Rocky Mountain West -- are being gussied up, too.

Affluent retirees and other high-income types have descended on these remote areas, creating new demand for amenities like interior-design stores, spas and organic markets. For many communities, it's the biggest change since the interstate highway system came barreling through in the 1960s and 1970s.

The New American Gentry - WSJ.com
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Old 12-29-2010, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Western North Carolina
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But their not bringing industry and good paying jobs. I've often said that the only people who can afford to continue to live in my small, sweet, Carolina town, (where all the industry and plants have closed) is the retired, the wealthy, and those on welfare. The rest of us have to go out and earn a paycheck each month.
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Old 12-29-2010, 03:36 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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Old news in Vermont. They move in and make it impossible for everyone else to live here. They buy up proeprty at insane prices and drive up the taxes, blight our landscape with ugly yellow posted signs, mcmansions with 5 acre lawns on our hills...then start demanding everyone stop shooting, hunting, fix up their houses if not to their standards, and on and on...
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Old 12-29-2010, 06:13 PM
 
Location: In The Outland
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Default Lost Hope.

It is happening in the western part of our state too, (Montana). Although the east side towns still seem to be shrinking.
No working class folks are able to buy any decent property here anymore. Outside money is shredding all the younger local folk's future dreams into pieces of lost hope.
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Old 12-29-2010, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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It happened even in my childhood, but nobody ever stayed long. The ability to have a pen of horses that never got ridden didn't outweigh the distance from Starbucks and Crate & Barrel, or the putting up with unplowed roads and lack of garbage pickup.
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Old 12-29-2010, 06:16 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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But their not bringing industry and good paying jobs. I've often said that the only people who can afford to continue to live in my small, sweet, Carolina town, (where all the industry and plants have closed) is the retired, the wealthy, and those on welfare.

You mean the industries that used to be in Michigan and moved to Carolina for cheap labor and have now moved to China for even cheaper labor? Those ones?
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Old 12-30-2010, 03:41 AM
 
Location: SW France
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This gentrification of the countyside has been happening in the UK for decades.

Another issue is that some, and in a few places many, of the houses are second homes.
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Old 12-31-2010, 10:44 AM
 
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You mean the industries that used to be in Michigan and moved to Carolina for cheap labor and have now moved to China for even cheaper labor? Those ones?
LOL. That is funny.

I love small towns. It's sad when they lose their character.
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Old 04-07-2011, 06:18 PM
 
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Poor fokls have the same rights as rich ones,the rich just have a hundred times more .
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Meggett, SC
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It's getting bad down here on the coast in South Carolina. All the good agricultural land is either being developed into "planned" developments or into these multi-million dollar estates. Our small fishing villages are now surburbia and the place for transplants to come down here and live the "southern" life. Not even remotely the same as it used to be. I miss that small town life - back to the country for me...well while it's still country I guess!
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