Our New Series—Dispatches: The Changing American Dream
With forecasts of another recession (or, depending on your perspective, the worsening of the current recession), we want to know how you've had to adjust your plans for the future.
We're excited to inaugurate a new series for our Patch Readers: "Dispatches: The Changing American Dream."
Every day, the national media is full of stories about how American families, businesses, and neighbors are adjusting to these trying times. There are so many changes happening so fast that it's dizzying: national debates about unemployment, foreclosures, debt, religion, government and private enterprise all touch on fundamental ways in which we see ourselves and our communities.
At Patch, we want to explore that conversation on a daily basis so we can better understand how our neighbors are adjusting to the challenges and opportunities that surround us.
We don't think there's one American Dream, but a multitude of American Dreams which a multitude of people are working toward. Looking out across nearly almost 900 Patch sites, we see businesses holding their breath deciding whether to expand; college graduates returning home because they can't find jobs; and senior citizens bringing boarders into their homes to help pay their bills.
We also see bold new volunteer efforts, inspiring stories of local businesses that succeed because they innovated, and locals who've taken these trying times as a signal to engage more, not less, in their government.
At the purely local level, we want to know where we, as Yorkville neighbors, fit along these fault lines. We've seen Yorkville aldermen raise taxes to cover city debt payments that housing growth originally had been intended to cover. We've seen one long-term unemployed man take his job search to a sign along Route 47.
And we've seen the city lease unused space and residents start or expand local businesses. To name a few: Nanette's, White Water Ice Cream, Creative Kernels and the short-lived Sugar Shack Bakery. Of course, stores such as Vignettes, Blue Orchid Studio, the local Hallmark shop and Blockbuster have closed in recent months.
"Dispatches" will be built upon the compelling vignettes and snapshots we unearth across all of our Patch sites.
And, of course, we want your help: Tell us what issues and what stories in Yorkville go to the heart of your American Dream.
Here's a selection of "Dispatches" from other Patch sites nationwide: