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What in a lifetime?

July 11, 2006
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Living on an Island that doesn’t have a McDonalds or a Walmart, although a Dairy Queen sneaked in forty years ago, we rely on each other and our local businesses a bit more. The costs for everything increase a great deal “because they have to come in on the ferry”.  Businesses open in the tourist season charging high prices “because we have to earn a year’s income in 5 months” but charge the same high prices to those of us who live there year round as if we are the rich on a vacation.

There are a lot of issues similar to other communiuties.  I saw an article about how people in Harlem who are getting put out on the street by real estate sharks. The community  started “Project Remain” for those who want to fight to stay and not be pushed out.

 Things are changing on our Island, too. Nothing is staying the same. Lots of young families and people getting ready to retire have to leave. I thought of myself and family.

If we had our own “Project Remain”  what is essential in our lifetime, or even within the next 2-5 years, that has to happen for me to decide to stay?  The three biggies for us are health care, an Island job with a living wage that will pay the mortgage , and affordable transportation.

What would your “Project Remain” look like in your community?  What would it take for you to stay in place for 5 years or more, or do you have to leave soon?  Where would you go or what would you look for?


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Hello world! Welcome to Uncrowd Blog!

July 7, 2006
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Welcome to uncrowd! I live on an Island and work part of each week 200 miles away in the inner city. 

The island is a community of 16,000 people except for July and August when it goes up to 70-80,000. Islands have a built-in “deliberateness” since one can’t simply get lost and take a wrong turn to get there.  There is also a different kind of privacy for Islanders. The local newspapers only come out weekly. There is usually a murder every ten or twenty years. Tourists just wash in and out.

In the inner city where i work most people are invisible or anonymous.  Some ended up there from having run out of gas or money or from having taken a wrong turn. Many of us left a place where we were welcome to find safety, jobs, or relationships, or simply took a wrong turn and stayed. There is always daily news about incidents and lots of local statistics.

This Blog site is for those of us from either place who who don’t know yet whether we are readers or writers, never had  “welcome wagon” visit, and wonder if it is too much to ask for some things to change during our lifetime. I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand that “held hostage” feeling in any part of my life anymore. 

I will add some parts  of my own experiences, and look forward to hearing yours. See you later! And thanks to wordpress for getting me started free!

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I am simply a person who believes that there is enough to go around in this country to sustain those of us in the "uncrowd": the uninsured, unemployed and underemployed, or who live in unaffordable housing. I also believe that it helps to share our stories about what works and doesn't work yet.

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