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Old 12-01-2009, 04:16 PM
 
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More and more of America is looking the same everywhere I go. It used to be that if your state was going under, you could pack your bags and move to a state with better opportunities and a new cultural outlook. There used to be real diversity among the states.

Now it seems like every state (red or blue) has the same problems with deteriorating schools, high unemployment, rampant illegal immigration, high crime pockets surrounding your community, traffic congestions in metro areas, and incompetent bureaucracies. Even the purported differences between red states and blue states are mostly exaggerated for political effect. Welfare use and illegal immigration are just as high among the red states as the blue states. And there's nothing conservative or quaint about a generic strip mall.

The stores are all the same too. Almost every store is a chain, even stores I thought were local are really just the same store with a different name somewhere else, like Randall's in Houston is Dominick's in Chicago.

Maybe there's no paradise anymore, no place to flee that would be a significant enough change. Small towns with unique histories and characters have been hollowed out and replaced with generic sprawl, bringing the same pros and cons to every community. And each generation of flight leads to a larger ring of poverty and failing schools surrounding the city.

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Old 12-01-2009, 04:28 PM
 
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Choose joy. Find the good in each bad situation. Paradise is a state of mind.
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Old 12-01-2009, 04:37 PM
 
Location: SF,CA
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I'd have to agree with you for the most part. After numerous cross country moves and road trips, the only thing that changes much from place to place is the natural terrain. Sprawl has taken over and corporations own most everything. Lots of character has been lost and you have to dig deep to find the good stuff.

Pick the place that works best for your individual needs and wants and make the best of it, that's all you can do. Sometimes a change is good for the sake of being different. I honestly can't see settling down in any one place for the rest of my life, I definitely have a case of wanderlust and what I want changes just like the cities do.
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