Growing up in the small town of Pocahontas, Iowa gives appreciation to the simplicity of tight-knit communities. With a population of 1,800 people, there is single café where local farmers enjoy a morning cup of coffee while discussing the news. Rural communities are a place where children have birthday parties at the local pizza place and teenagers’ first jobs are as detasslers. As a child, your mother knows if you got in trouble at school before you return home and everyone’s name is well known throughout the area.
Where I come from it's taking pride in your yard, knowing every single one of your neighbors, and leaving doors unlocked because there isn’t a thing to worry about. I find comfort in that small town feel, and I am more than proud to be from good ol’ Warrenton, Indiana. Here, we are just a wee bit shy of being big enough to be on a map, but we have a name and we have town lines. Within those lines nearly two hundred people have found a home, and thanks to Mr.Dave Gruible our community is steadily flourishing. There are now three subdivisions on the rise in addition to the church, salon, family restaurant, and campgrounds that nestled into the area years ago.
Every town or city in the world is unique in its own way. They have defining factors that set them apart from one another. These factors include poverty, population, sex, unemployment, and many other features. These specific aspects are all apart of demography; the scientific study of population, composition, and factors such as health, race, ethnicity, income, and more. Demography varies greatly by location and by comparing two places, such as Jefferson City and St. Louis, Missouri, one can see the variation of these features and how they influence health and overall life quality. You will see that St. Louis and Jefferson City, although both located in Missouri, are two very different cities.
It takes a lot to rip apart a town. It takes a lot to ravage a community, particularly one as tightly-knit as Ridgway, Pennsylvania. Nestled snugly at the southeastern edge of Allegheny National Forest, Ridgway’s population has dipped to just below four thousand in recent years, though in its 191 years of settlement, it’s never once been called home by more than roughly six thousand people at once. Its proximity to the forest attracts huntsmen and hikers alike, but unless one were actively looking for the town—the square mileage of which comes in at just over two and a half miles, total—it would be remarkably easy for Ridgway to not make a blip on someone’s radar at all. It’s small, out of the way, and most of all, quiet—a recipe for insignificance.
Another premise I found while reading this story and from my experience with small towns is that
Growing up in small-town Pflugerville, I never imagined what life would be like outside of a "country" area - until I moved to Killeen, Texas. Killeen is a town full of hot-headed, military, city-slickers that clog up the highway like ants. Often, I think of times when I was younger - looking up at the clear, blue, open skies; the smell of fresh-cut grass always awakened my senses. Now, I look up and I see wires, buildings, cars, and smog. They always say "There is no place like home," and in this case, there are no two places that differ more than my hometown and the town I live in now. The speed of life, the buildings, and most of all, the crime rates are all very new to me. The world is like bowl of fruit, sometimes the taste of each point on a map can differ as greatly as apples and oranges.
When it comes to small towns people who haven’t lived in one tend to think that they are boring or bland. However a chat with some of the people who have always lived in a town of less than four-hundred people for their entire lives really paints a new picture. Donnie Moyer has lived outside of Terril, Iowa his entire life on a farm working for his father until his passing in which he took control of the property. When we discussed “How has the town change since you’ve lived here?” he responded with “It hasn’t change at all it's still the same place I grew up in.” Some see this as being bland but in today's age with all the technological change it is refreshing to see some are happy with their roots. Going on from that I asked him about his
When Dorothy spoke the words “There’s no place like home” in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, she certainly wasn’t talking about my hometown. Coffeyville, KS is a seemingly sleepy, innocuous town of 10,000 in the southeast corner of Kansas has struggled to maintain relevance in the wake deindustrialization and urbanization – not unlike most of the state.
This paper is a review of past and current research based on the cause and effect of urban sprawl in the United States with a case analysis of Fairfax County, Virginia. The motivation for this review is to shed light on issues that surround urban sprawl in large metropolitan areas and to discuss recommendations for research and ways to improve various effects of sprawl. The second motivation for this research is to show that there needs to be uniformity among researchers and urban planners, better data and analysis should be done to combat sprawl. My goal with this literature review is to define urban sprawl, define classic patterns in the United States, how we measure sprawl, the cause and effect of sprawl in the United States, give detailed background information on Fairfax County, future trends and implications of sprawl in Fairfax County, how to combat sprawl in the United States as well as in Fairfax County and key priorities in future research.
I’m from the small town of Lindale, and I can say that it’s no longer a small town. I’ve lived there all my life and it’s blossomed since Wal-Mart and Lowe’s came to our small town. Lindale is a great place to live because it’s where you can sit on the front porch with a cold glass of sweet tea while being surrounded by a true caring community and at the same time enjoy the true beauty of Lindale which has a unique charm. It’s crazy to think that the census population of Lindale in 2010 was 209, 714. http://www.lindaletexas.com/detailed-demographics
People are now leaving the inner city areas in search of quieter and more relaxed atmosphere to raise their family. This growth has brought many Americans face to face with our changes in social,economic and industrial areas that supports this massive growth in the outer areas surrounding our major cities.
Neighborhoods in big cities are forced to make do with what they’ve been given, just like small, secluded towns. People know their neighbors, and when someone’s neighbor’s restaurant is bought out by a McDonald’s, they might not be very happy.
Living and growing up in a small town is better than doing so in a big city.
We all come across with the term globalization. The developing countries have battled with increased globalization. But be careful, the effects of globalization are very complex as well as far-reaching. No doubt there are certainly some positive effects, but one cannot overlook the negative consequences of globalization over the area like cultures in the widespread developing world. Globalization is a nothing but the concept that symbolize the contested visions of a worldwide identity. In America, the heritage, culture and individuality has been compromised by this globalization. The face of this region has been changed and not always for the better. Nevertheless, there are the issues like social as
Savitch outlines ways that sprawl can be harmful to the health and wellbeing of individuals living in these areas. The United States is vast and versatile, allowing for its inhabitants to move around and live in different climates or social environments. But, this freedom leads to the abandonment of neighborhoods and cities. Government resources such as building highways are put into developing cities but “Americans are incline to abandon industrial neighborhoods, sometimes leaving whole cities in favor of sprawl residential tracts, edge cities, and strip-zoned highways” (Savitch 2013:591). Those who can afford to move into suburbs leaves those of a lower socioeconomic status with less resources. “When people and jobs evaporate, so too does