29 February 2016
- Look at the big changes to area small towns
- Hispanics in local communities are the main focus
- First some facts, then some first-person ideas
The influences of globalization, urbanization, age demographics, and immigration have radically changed
rural small towns in the space of just a few years.
Some feel small towns are doomed
The Core 8 angle:
Depending on who you talk to, the influx of Hispanics over the past 20 years has either been either
- the cause of the decline of these small towns, or
- a major factor that has kept them from falling further into decline.
For each, consider:
Can we do anything about it? Do we want to?
People are moving to cities and suburbs
"Middle class" jobs are disappearing
Milanovic, B.,World Bank Research Department, Annotations by James Plunkett.
"Baby Boomers" retiring creates a demographic gap
Rural areas have become more diverse
Who am I to talk?
- Lifetime area resident
- I live on the banks of the Big Monon Creek
- I have history and interests in several counties
- Soy Mexicano*
Jasper County's land
- Leading agricultural county
- Interesting geography and geology
- Recently a "big dairy" production area
Racing the clock in Medaryville
Home sweet home, built 1892
Quick facts about Monon
- Railroad town, founded 1853
- Erstwhile truck trailer manufacturing giant
- Most highly Hispanic town in the area
- The factory went spectacularly bankrupt 1997
Local Communities,Local Impact