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Healdsburg and The Changing American Dream

New feature launches on Healdsburg Patch and more than 850 Patch sites across the nation.

We're excited to inaugurate a new series for our Patch Readers: "Dispatches: The Changing American Dream."

Every day, the national media is full of stories about how American families, businesses, and neighbors are adjusting to these trying times.

There are so many changes happening so fast that it's dizzying: national debates about unemployment, foreclosures, debt, religion, government and private enterprise all touch on fundamental ways in which we see ourselves and our communities.

At Patch, we want to explore that conversation on a daily basis so we can better understand how our neighbors are adjusting to the challenges and opportunities that surround us.

We don't think there's one American Dream, but a multitude of American Dreams which a multitude of people are working toward. Looking out across nearly almost 900 Patch sites, we see businesses holding their breath deciding whether to expand; college graduates returning home because they can't find jobs; and senior citizens bringing boarders into their homes to help pay their bills.

We also see bold new volunteer efforts, inspiring stories of local businesses that succeed because they innovated, and locals who've taken these trying times as a signal to engage more, not less, in their government.

At the purely local level, we want to know where we, as Healdsburg  neighbors, fit along these fault lines.

Nationally, there's a debate about which government-building efforts are "shovel-ready." Locally, we know that private Healdsburg construction projects are moving forward, but that grand-scale redevelopment is taking longer.

Nationally, there's a debate about the education system, which is at the center of our dreams of a better life for our children. Locally, we know that Healdsburg schools are struggling with increasingly tight resources.

"Dispatches" will be built upon the compelling vignettes and snapshots we unearth across all of our Patch sites.

And, of course, we want your help: Tell us what issues and what stories in Healdsurg go to the heart of your American Dream.


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Sadona Mondabough August 15, 2011 at 06:07 PM
Just over 3 years ago I had finally reached my career goals I was doing the very thing I had spent years studing about in college, only to suffer a budget cut and lose my job. For the last few years my family has had to learn how to live of my unemplyment. Fearing that we won't beable to pay the rent on our apartment. So my American Dream is changed. I want to be able to have a home where my family is safe and warm, food for our bellies and clothes on our backs. I see so many people upset because they can't get their nails done, or they don't have the newest care. Shoot I have had to learn to bike 6 miles a day because I can't aford gas. Sorry folks but get a clue! Food, shelter and warmth for my childern are my American Dream.

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