Some interesting notes in this recently released cenesus report about small cities and towns, that echo what is going on in Yelm from the AP:
“America’s small cities are losing some of their traditional appeal to upwardly mobile families seeking wholesome neighborhoods, a stable economy and affordable living…
In 2000, small cities, which include remote towns and the distant suburbs known as “exurbs,” ranked at the top in the share of people with college diplomas. They slipped to No. 2 last year with 30 percent holding degrees in between medium-sized cities, which had 31 percent, and big cities, at 29.8 percent.
Poverty is growing in the small cities, fueled partly by population growth, although average median income of $60,294 in those communities is still higher than other places…
Demographers attributed some of the shifts to the housing downturn and a spike in gasoline prices, which has hit residents in the far-flung exurbs harder. Many families in smaller towns also are looking for jobs in larger cities because of the current recession and are rethinking the wisdom of a lengthy commute to work…
‘Small towns have a certain appeal to people, and their quality of life there is backed up by the data,’ said Mark Mather, associate vice president of the nonprofit Population Reference Bureau. ‘But as more people move in, small towns start to lose the qualities that attracted people there in the first place.'”
ED. NOTE: THIS IS CERTAINLY TRUE HERE IN YELM!
YELM HAS TAKEN ON LEGAL BILLS IN THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS DEFENDING THEIR WATER POLICIES, BEEN HANDED BILLS IN THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OF THE UNPAID FEES & TAXES FROM THE DEFAULT OF A 5,000 HOME DEVELOPMENT, HAD TO HAVE CITY STAFF LAYOFFS TO BUILD BACK DANGEROUSLY LOW RESERVES & BEEN AN ADVERSARY TO LOCAL CITIZENS BY CONTINUING TO CARRY-THOUGH WITH THE WATER CONDEMNATION OF A LOCAL CITIZEN’S WATER RIGHTS AND HUGE WATER RATE INCREASES ASSOCIATED WITH AN UNAPPROVED WATER SYSTEM PLAN!
AND ALL BECAUSE OF A PUSH BY THE MAYOR & CITY OFFICIALS TO GROW, GROW, GROW THIS PLACE WITH LITTLE THOUGHT GIVEN TO THE CONSEQUENCES ON THE ENVIRONMENT, TAXPAYER, PROPERTY OWNER & THE FUTURE, ALL THE WHILE SCOFFING AT THOSE WHO QUESTION THEIR POLICIES!
NOW, ALL OF THEIR MISTAKES AND HUBRIS ARE COMING HOME TO ROOST IN MASSIVE BILLS, TO BE BORNE BY THEIR OWN CONSTITUENTS, WHILE THEY ARE RE-ELECTED UNOPPOSED & HONORED WITH ANNUAL CITIZEN AWARDS.
OBVIOUSLY, THIS IS WHAT THE CITY OF YELM CITIZEN WANTS.
WELL, THEY ARE GOING TO GET MORE OF THIS FROM CITY HALL!