Small Town Essay

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Mt Pleasant: To change or not to change, that is the question.Through the years, Mt. Pleasant has seen growth at a rather even pace. With the completion of the new highway (Avenue of the Saints) many Mt. Pleasant citizens wonder if the addition to the town will bring unwelcome change. This unforeseen change, while unwelcome to some, brings promise and hope to others. Mt. Pleasant is a small town that takes pride in local entrepreneurs, community activities, and is composed of several different ethnic groups. Mt. Pleasant has a distinguished history and is also considered to be the melting pot of the elderly and the young.The definition of a "small Town" can be interpreted as nucleated settlement with between 5,000 and 20,000 inhabitants (Hardoy and Satterthwaite, 1986). The current population of Mt. Pleasant is estimated at 8257 (2000 est.) and fits into this definition of a small town. However, more can be added to this definition than just numbers. The analogy can be that of a familiar place with constant surroundings. As most famously quoted in a 1980's NBC television sitcom called "Cheers", the theme song states "You wanna go where everybody knows your name." Although this show was based on neighborhood bar in Boston Massachusetts, the theme is based upon that of a small town atmosphere within a huge city. This most definitely emphasizes the impression of Mt. Pleasant: a place where not too many things change and not too many citizens want things to change.In addition to this small town definition, an almost overwhelming sense of reluctance to accept change has been an ongoing issue in Mt. Pleasant. For several years in the late 1980's and early 1990's, Mt. Pleasant had two separate Hardee's restaurants less than a mile of the city square. Many citizens...

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