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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Taking the J2G Springfield survey

The darlings of Springfield public access television, Just Two Guys, are tossing around the idea of doing a documentary on our fair town. To get it kick started, they've posted a survey on their site. You can answer the questions on their site, or on your blog, or, like some, both. Here's me doing both (questions in bold; answers banked in):

Many people say there is nothing to do in Springfield. Do you agree with this statement? Please explain your answer.

It's time to retire this tired old phrase, which is really just an excuse to do nothing. Case in point: Ask anyone what they want to do after saying there's nothing to do here and they'll more often than not say, "I don't know." There is plenty to do in Springfield. It's just a matter of figuring out what you want to do, then doing it.

A common complaint about Springfield is that there is a serious lack of shopping. Do you agree or disagree? Again, please offer an explanation to support your answer.

I think this complaint stems from people looking for a special shopping experience like State Street in Chicago. Well, even State Street isn't what it used to be. In the dry goods department, Springfield has great shopping. We have most all the big box stores. And, we still have lots of locally owned mom and pop shops. If you can't find what you're looking for in town, you can certainly get it on the internet. However, there have been a few times when I was looking for, and couldn't find, a certain grocery item. But, whatever that was at the time, escapes me now.

Is Springfield headed in the right direction? * Yes | * No. I answered yes and no. I hope that doesn't break the survey. (Oh, and look, this answer isn't banked in.)

In your opinion, has Springfield gotten better in the last 10-20 years or has it gotten worse? Please explain your answer with some examples.

Obviously, the answer to this depends on your perspective and where you live. You might not be so happy with Springfield's progress if that open field that once bordered your quiet little west side neighborhood has been turned into apartment complexes, shopping malls, and commercial parks, all bringing with them a huge amount of traffic. For the east side, it's just the opposite with so many run down and vacant homes and very little commercial growth. However, after decades of total stagnation, downtown is revitalizing. And really, what better way is there to measure the heart of a town's progress than by its downtown.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Why?

Well, I think I've said this before. Now that my kids are grown, and if I had the money, I'd live in International Falls in the summer and New Orleans in the winter. But, since I don't have the money, I'll just stay in Springfield.

Why do you choose to live in Springfield? Give as many examples as necessary.

Even though I was born and raised here, and lived away for ten years, I actually did choose to live in Springfield when I moved back. I moved to Springfield because I had two little kids and I knew this would be a good place to raise them. I'm glad I did.

How would you describe the people of Springfield? Please use as many adjectives as possible.

Political. Nosy. Do-goody. Helpful. Uppity. Slacky. But mostly, "leave me alone and I'll leave you alone."

What is your opinion of the job situation in Springfield?

The job situation, itself, isn't too bad. There's probably a job for everyone. Unfortunately, it's the wages situation that's not good. Unless you have a college education or are in a union, the pay is not all that good here.

The end.

P.S. To Just Two Guys, I didn't mean darling in a derogatory way. You really are darling to me.

Posted by Marie at May 20, 2008 11:01 PM


My rule is "there's no arguing with taste," but: I think you'd change your mind about International Falls if you spent a summer there. Unless you love black flies. Northern California ... anywhere on the coast ... that's where you want to be. Especially if you like fog in August.

Posted by: Dan at May 21, 2008 2:00 AM


Thanks so much for the kind words. Actually, when I first read darling, it made me smile a little bit. I took it in a non-derogatory way. I guess I've read your writing enough to sense your tone. At any rate, thank you.

And thanks for the response. These are some really good answers. Like the fact that you lived away for ten years and then "chose" to come back here. So many of the respondents thus far have stated that they didn't really choose to live here. It was just a sort of default for them.

Thanks Marie.


Posted by: John at May 21, 2008 9:16 AM

im glad i got to grow up in springfield, i cant imagine how i would be, if i hadnt. although, i have had the LUXURY of getting to go to chicago and michigan too many times to count, and traveling across the united states several times. i lived in springfield for 18 years, and im coming back, and im almost 25 (i know quarter century mark, dont remind me)...because its more home to me now, than ever before. ps i havent lived there for a year, and i still keep my computer on Central Time Zone, because i like it way better than Eastern Time Zone. woah, im lame.

Posted by: Allie at May 21, 2008 12:24 PM

Dan: You've mentioned those black flies here when I mentioned moving to International Falls before. I'll have to investigate that before I move there. Honestly, I have no personal affection for I.Falls. I was just trying to think of the furthest point north without straying too far from the spine of America.

John: Good luck with the documentary. I would love to get a copy on DVD in addition to seeing it on TV.

Allie: I love you, sweetheart.

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