Whether it's East L.A. or East Overshoe, there may be occasional coffee shop chatter that your community is on the brink. First, don't believe it. And second, find inspiration in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In early 2011, Newsweek magazine published a list of America's dying cities. Grand Rapids, sometimes referred to as Bland Rapids, made the unenviable list. Seven years later, Rand McNally and even satellite intel suggest Grand Rapids is alive, well, and thriving.
Older Americans will likely recall when Nov. 11 and Veterans Day were known as Armistice Day, so-named to mark the armistice treaty ending World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month back in1918 (wow, almost 100 years ago). WWI veterans returned to their hometowns and found opportunity. Some returned to the farm. Some helped populate growing cities and were part of the era when industrialization ruled. Some furthered their education and had long careers in education, business or government.
Has the economic impact of high school football games across the U.S. ever been measured? Win or lose on Fridays, my unscientific reasoning includes ticket sales, concessions, benefit raffles, pre-game meals, convenience store stops, new sports apparel, and post-game wrap-up sessions, commonly referred to as parties.