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  •  I've been there! (2+ / 0-)
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    llbear, CatJab

    I'm pretty sure I did their market analysis.  

    Seriously, I work in a lot of small and rural communities, and I do my fair share of work in urban neighborhoods too.  Get the residents of small town and the residents of an urban neighborhood in a Town Hall-type meeting, and its pretty much the same range of creativity/ingenuity/innovation, etc, in either place.  

    Same broad variety of education, skills, IQs, experiences, too - only the location changes.

    Plus, here's one big and interesting trend I am seeing over the last few years in my travels:  small towns are increasingly being RE-populated by professional men and women who established a career somewhere like New York, LA, or Chicago, then moved back home to raise the kids where they grew up and telecommute - because they now have the credibility in their field to demand that flexibility and they do.

    Lot of really interesting people in a lot of really interesting "Podunks" out there - sometime I'll tell you the story of the truly ancient former Madam in Iowa who owns virtually the whole town and has now got 'em all by the...

    Well, I'll tell you later.

    I love my job!

    •  One the surprises we should see (1+ / 0-)
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      Downtowner

      are the numbers of Democrats who have come here to Lee and DeKalb Counties from Chicago.  Most have retired but a few actually commute [keeping a small place in the city].

      Saw a real estate posting today offering a 4 bedroom home near the river on 1 acre built 10 years ago for $180,000.

      Paging John Laesch, Jerry Northington [aka Possum], and Gilda Reed. Report to Congress - Pres. John Edwards, bring `em home. Now

      by llbear on Wed Jan 02, 2008 at 08:00:45 PM PST

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      •  The funniest thing (1+ / 0-)
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        llbear

        that happens to me on a regular basis in St. Charles is someone or the other will find out I'm a Dem, while I'm out and about, and will lean close and whisper "there are more of us than they think."

        Like being a Dem is a great underground conspiracy!

        Suppose it's sad really, but it happens so often I can't help but laugh.

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