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Old 02-15-2010, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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The family was lured by cash and free land but never really felt at home

HAZELTON, N.D. - A tiny North Dakota town's promise of cash and free land lured only one family from out of state. Now, Michael and Jeanette Tristani and their 12-year-old twins are trying to move from the town without a traffic light back to Miami.

Fla. family gives up on North Dakota town - Life- msnbc.com
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Old 02-15-2010, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Smile Sometimes the grass is not always greener

I think we sometimes romanticize where some place is, past or future. Often, it is YOU.

I learned to embrace that around me years and years ago and it hugged back; took a while but it happened. No place is perfect.
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Old 02-15-2010, 08:12 PM
 
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The family was lured by cash and free land but never really felt at home

HAZELTON, N.D. - A tiny North Dakota town's promise of cash and free land lured only one family from out of state. Now, Michael and Jeanette Tristani and their 12-year-old twins are trying to move from the town without a traffic light back to Miami.

Fla. family gives up on North Dakota town - Life- msnbc.com
Interesting link !

However, arriving at a tiny town -------"driving a Lexus, wearing gold necklaces and a Rolex "--- after that town had offered them free land and free cash wasn't too smart.

Nope, I imagined he ft in like a square peg in a round hole.

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Old 02-16-2010, 01:34 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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Yeah, they weren't the small town or rural type to begin with...and if indeed they could afford that sort of expensive stuff, they could have at least turned down the cash...
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Lead/Deadwood, SD
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2 coffee shops for 265 people - 2 bars maybe, but 2 coffee shops - the town was too clicky? IMO this is fairly typical for small towns but with 265 people there were probably 2 whole clicks - the ones that went to the old coffee shop, and the ones that went to the new one. I would think opening a small business with the towns $ they would have thought to not open a competing one - small businesses compliment and make community enjoyable, but it takes something greater to keep them alive. I think the towns marketing was bound to fail.
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:37 PM
 
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Maybe the cliques were the people who wanted the town services to carry on with outsiders and those who just wanted it to be their town forever (right to the grave). I would guess the established power structure in smaller communities tends to the latter sort.
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:57 PM
 
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2 coffee shops for 265 people - 2 bars maybe, but 2 coffee shops - the town was too clicky? IMO this is fairly typical for small towns but with 265 people there were probably 2 whole clicks - the ones that went to the old coffee shop, and the ones that went to the new one. I would think opening a small business with the towns $ they would have thought to not open a competing one - small businesses compliment and make community enjoyable, but it takes something greater to keep them alive. I think the towns marketing was bound to fail.
I agree !And the end result was that both coffee houses are now closed.
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Old 02-16-2010, 11:54 PM
 
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I saw this story on my home page this am. What were they thinking They are in a bit of a pickle now!
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Old 02-17-2010, 08:18 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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It would be interesting to see what the town's residents thought.
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:41 PM
 
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It would be interesting to see what the town's residents thought.
Good point !

Seems like expecting journalists to present both sides of the story is expecting too much.
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