Reviews and Responses
Visits to most tiny towns in the U.S. Midwest are for me, a Kansas boy raised in a town of fewer than 300 souls, depressing. Empty streets and vacant retail spaces signify a local economy that has hit the wall - a far cry from the vibrant commercial district of my boyhood, which included our own family-owned mercantile. But then I visited Fairfield, Iowa. Here, I found an old familiar small town "buzz," plied by ethnic restaurants, art galleries, assorted retail venues, and an ethnically diverse population that rivals most U.S. cities - in short, a town with imagination. I wondered: after all the money Iowa has poured into small town economic development to no avail, could the answer lie in its own backyard?
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