Who's Your City?, by Richard Florida
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Who’s Your Fayetteville?

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

I’ve been a life-long resident of Fayetteville, AR. It’s a pretty quiet, tree-lined, college town where you can leave your car (heck, even your house) unlocked. We’ve got a lot more diversity than most of this area, thanks to the University of Arkansas. We have a smattering of the things that make a town livable and fun – live music, street festivals, art galleries, random public weirdos.But honestly, as Fayetteville has morphed and merged wit h Springdale/Rogers/Bentonville, its unique character has been diluted almost entirely away. More and more strip malls and McMansions, fewer decent jobs (but ever-higher housing prices), and more white-bread SUV drivers are making this town look like every other red-state sprawl-ville. Which, if that’s what you’re into, would make this a great place to live. But if you’re like me, and appreciate actual culture and diversity, it might not be as great as it once was.

Sent by DeLani Bartlette from Fayetteville, AR