GROWTH OPPORTUNITY: CAN SMALL TOWN AMERICA BOUNCE BACK TO GLORY

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“From hustle and bustle to bust.”


all american 

America has about 19,350 cities and towns, with the majority being small cities and towns. Small places that were once a hustling and bustling town are now desolate. And the reason being is that when companies realized going overseas could mean cheaper labor for higher profit margin, that was it. Small towns and cities that were industrialized started to wither away. Younger generations left and now you have an aging generation left behind.

rebuilding

I wonder, just wonder, is it at all possible to rebuild some of these small towns. Maybe the emerging tech industry will open up new opportunities for these places. Could something possibly be built on the web, or of enough strength that could bring these places around? Because what was once environments for coal mining and steel workers is no more. And with everyone running out to Silicon Valley, is there a chance some of those people can rebuild these broken towns.

they’ll see it, not I

We all would like to build something and reap the benefits of what we built. But what happens when your vision becomes bigger than you? What are you to do when what you want to build you just won’t be around to see. And that is yet another reason why it’s so hard to rebuild these small places. Someone or many people are needed to build for the next generation. Yet who will be the sacrificial lambs to do so. And that’s the big dilemma; who will take one for the team. Because in order to rebuild, someone has to step. Who will it be?


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OPEN THE COAL MINES: WHY AREN’T OUR POLITICIANS HONEST ABOUT OUR FUTURES

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“Leave the past behind, yes or no?”


the past to present

In the past, Americans were the pentacle of the world as it pertains to industry. We were king in the industrial revolution, but now the tables have turned. The new game in town is technological innovation and information; two areas where America has slacked. So what must be done to insure that the nation stays in its position on top? Because China surpassed America recently in GDP, but America regained footing on top. Now, America has regulatory laws in place that are different from China, but nonetheless they are right there with us.

industry decline

Americans make what? I’m waiting, what do we really make anymore? Our greatest creation and has been for a while is people. With regards to actual Panoramic Shot of Skygoods and services, we are slowly losing our position. A great deal of our livestock, fruits, and vegetables come from outside America; not to mention about 80% of our seafood. We have become major importers, instead of major exporters as well. We are not making anything that world needs, that the world can get from us less than anywhere else. So what are we to do?

land usage

America has a lot of land, yet we only utilize a small portion of the land for farming. You would think is a fully-functional country, yet so much of our land is preserved for wildlife conservation. But we can’t just start growing crops. Bird's Eye View Of FarmlandFarming doesn’t work that way, it’s a lot that has to go into making sure the land is able to sustain whatever you’re growing. It takes more than just throwing some seeds into the ground and growing crop.

bad ideas

I know this for certain, opening the steel mills, coal mines, and paper mills is not smart. Because anyone who understands even anything basic about business at that level is that when someone creates something better, bye bye. Meaning, we reopen factories, and someone comes along with a better more effective idea, it renders the factory obsolete. I always use the mule puller example. Families used harnesses for themselves attached to mules for farming, until the combine came along. When was the last time you saw a mule puller? Like I said, evolution is a continuous progression from what is basic to what is complex. Factories are basic today; at one point in time, they were complex. But in today’s society an evolution is taking hold, so we must move on.


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MADE IN AMERICA: WILL WE EVER SEE ANOTHER INDUSTRIAL STYLE REVOLUTION AGIN

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“WE used to build thing.”


american made

Throughout American history, we prided ourselves on reading labels that read, “Made in the U.S.A.” But now, with so many jobs being shipped overseas to China, we are leaving behind that great American Dream we once thought to be true. Why, well, it’s a lot cheaper to make goods in a foreign country rather than in America. Also, making products here is more difficult to compete globally.

going global

Do we need to go global with everything? And the answer is yes, we do. If you understand on industry is set up, you do. Meaning, people will say, make products in America, then run out and purchase a Toyota. Make it in America, then run out and buy a Samsung. And then we wonder why we can’t compete as a country. So what people say, and their actions are totally different.

Also, if we isolate ourselves, there are products that contain chemicals, herbs, and priceless metals that are not indigenous to the United States. So we couldn’t build anything because you’re talking about needing these priceless products for our innovation. Nothing is actually of this land that we need that we can do for ourselves.

a new beginning

In today’s society, we are more of a information based society than a hands on society. The internet has opened the door to a whole host of opportunities. Opportunities where the small guy can now be his own boss and work from home. You don’t need anyone telling what to work on, and when to work. But that is easier said than done because you have to build.

And the building means years of disappointment before reaching the end goal. That is a journey so many don’t want to take in life because of the degree of failure. But one thing is certain America is not, and can’t go back to the way things were in the past.


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MISSION CONTROL: HOW LONG BEFORE WE HAVE A FULLY FUNCTIONAL STATION ON THE MOON

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“Learning about space from space.”


OUT OF THIS WORLD

Our planet Earth is one amazing planet to live on. It is the only place that is at least within our ability to travel, able to sustain a diversity of life. Everything from bacteria to animals, to plants and ourselves as humans. We are what you would describe as in the Goldie Locks Zone for life to sustain. All the great things that had to take place to put us in this place are truly amazing. But now that we know so much about this planet, what about understanding other planets. And yes, we already possess a large volume of knowledge about other places. But when will we  get to a place where we study space in a lab like that on Earth from space.

STATION SETUP

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We already have stations in space, but what I am referring to as it pertains to stations, is the ability to have rovers drive from actually building structures to structure in space. In an article written back in 2016 on the Market Watch ← website, it was reported that the cost of a single trip to the moon is $7 – $10 billion, with an additional $28 – $52 billion in spending for a space station. The photo is of an idea from the website how the station could look in the future.

WORKERS

As far as the employment for the building of the station. How will you train people to build on the moon? It’s not like here on Earth where oxygen is in the air for breathing and gravity keeps us stabilized. You’re talking a whole new host of challenges when trying to build on the moon. Or, do we use only astronaut engineers for the job that will aid in machines building the station and the engineers just making sure the mechanisms work properly. But think about the ability to us to actually use non-astronauts to build. It opens a whole new opportunity for job creation in the future.

HARVEST

Along with building a space station, what about other experiments that could take place on the moon for people on Earth. What about the idea of horticulture that Corn Field during Daytimeserves as a means for seeing what could grow on the moon. And since countries already have joint ventures in going to space, this could be something that countries come to together for a greater good project. Imagine the possibilities of animal, chicken, cockerelutilizing another planet just for countries to grow crop to sustain life on Earth. If the science is worked enough, you’re talking an abundance of food that could aid in decreasing hunger here on Earth. Even the idea of raising livestock could come into play based on experiments from space stations on the moon.

AT A STANDSTILL

Even with all the cool possibilities of building on the moon, you have a few factors that could stop these dreams. You have the extremely high cost that countries just don’t have, as well as the dangers of building. That is when Murphy’s Law comes into play, things can and will happen. So there will be years and years of studies and experiments on Earth before ever stepping foot on the moon, must less bringing equipment and materials for building.


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THE CHANGE IN TIMES: HOW WILL CIVILIZATIONS LOOK IN THE FUTURE

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“Where will we be?”


At the rate at which technology is advancing, I wonder what will come of the future of how we interact in society? Will there ever come a time where Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter won’t exist? My best guess is yes, but we have existed this long on Earth without social media. What will be the next best thing that replaces this social environment making life better? That’s just the social world, what about how we eat food, mass transportation, and education; not to mention politics. When you look at the age of man, we have been moving at a very fast pace over time. And just in the next ten years, I wonder what will come of our society. More developed countries will look a far cry from their less developed of course. So much so, that whatever we have in society that is of interest today could be a third world country’s existence years and years from now.

Then again, the complete opposite could take place. America could potentially find itself on the brink of collapse. How would the world look without an America? It has happened already because America is only 241 years old. So there was a lot that existed on this land prior to a lot of our ancestors coming here. With the way China is growing, could we see a great immigration to China from other parts of the world? But see, that theory is highly unlikely considering that China is already at 1.7 billion people. There is no way to accommodate more people wanting to move to China. What about the role religion plays in our society? With the amount of people stepping away from religion just in America, all three of the majors are in jeopardy. Because as science becomes better and better, there is less need for the idea of a deity.

My best guess is that we will be in less need as we did in the past. But what will that do to a population that has counted on the beliefs of religion for thousands of years. And with an increasing human population, people always have looked to religion to hold on to because they can’t accept their ending. Yet, when the more people figure out about science, the more intrigue to learn more and more coping with your end. Another questions is, will we have enough food to go around for more people than today? Well, we ‘re starting to see farming experimentations actually in poor countries where growing crop is a lot cheaper, and the land is less utilized. So in the end, none of us know for certain what the future will bring. We only have predictions for what will take place. But when my great grandmother died in 2010, she was shy of her 100th birthday. If I live that long, how will the world look through my lens.


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CONSOLIDATION: SHOULD THE U.S. JOIN TOWNS AND MAKE BIGGER CITIES

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“Too small to stabilize.”


New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Houston, Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle, Las Vegas, and Washington D.C. These are just a few of our more well-known major U.S. cities across the country. But for the most part, America is comprised of a lot of small cities and towns. Places you have never heard of, yet Tree in Front of Establishmentthey sustain themselves. But is it time we start to consolidate some of these really small places. I am not talking about a city of 100,000 plus citizens. I’m more so referring to towns and cities with 5,000; 15,000; and 20,000 citizens. We should now make the leap and start bringing these place together. Instead of five towns around each other that have populations of 15,000; 10,000; 20,000; 12,000; and 25,000; we build one city of  82,000.

Why might even add a few more towns around these other 5 places and create another major city. Since coming into office, President Trump has been slow to really get into the employment situation in America. He made a pledge to bring back American jobs. But the reason why that would be a difficult feat is because we have too many of these small cities and towns. Trying to build infrastructure around a city of 25,000 is impossible. To be honest, anything below 100,000 becomes a difficult task. Now, if you’re from one of these places, you might take this as an insult. But you have to understand how an infrastructure where jobs are created manages to sustain. New York City where I live, for example, is a perfect place to build.

The city is roughly 12 million inhabitants, 65 – 70 million tourists, and potential for so much real estate development. So if you have enough capital, you can build a architecture, buildings, citylot in this city. But the city where I grew up is only 78,000 people. And the problem with a lot of these small places is that they were once manufacturing towns. Now, there is potential to turn the city where I am from into a distribution center. There are so many open factory spaces that are vacant. These buildings can be converted into space to house inventory. Thus turning the city into a distribution hub. But when you’re talking about building or bringing together these types of plans, you run into some problems. And no, I don’t mean actually building, I mean the people.

A lot of people from these small places are resistant to the change. They want life to stay the same, and this is just impossible. With improvements in science and technology, a lot of these small unknown towns/cities will be ghost towns. With an aging population and young people headed to metropolitan cities, these towns will eventually die. I was looking on the internet earlier this morning where you could buy a town for sale for some places as low as the price of average American home. These once booming industrialized towns are now backdrops for what could be a wild west movie. And in the end, these places that once served communities in building a life for oneself is no longer the case. Some of these towns/cities were started the same time as our major cities, But as the metropolitan cities grew, these small places failed to innovate and were left behind.


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THE GREAT DIVIDE: WHY AMERICA IS SEEING A SEPARATION OF REGIONS

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“We’re the Flintstones! Meet George Jetson!”


Since President Trump’s presidential election, we have noticed a great divide among regions in the United States. There is the massive region of the country where ever you come from: Midwest, The South, Northeast, and West. Then there is the major metropolitan places where people live as well versus the small cities and rural towns. And it has become the battle of those that want to move forward, versus those that want things to go back in history. The problem is, is that we have always progressed forward as a human species. And technological advancement has pushed that initiative. So you can’t go back once technology takes hold because it makes life more effective. Well, what has caused the disconnect?

A lot of changes have been to the fact that jobs are not in the form that once were in America. For the greater part of the past 100 years, the
industrialization of America kept this country going strong. But with the car, car door, factoryadvent of technological innovation, it has placed so much of the industrialization on the back burner. Mass production of goods have
become cost effective and more efficient through the use of more complex machinery than manpower. Why pay hundreds of workers $25 plus an hour, when you can hire one or two engineers to keep the machine on point. In a business sense, there is more money to be made, with less input. But this is nothing new to society.

People are angry, yet we have always shifted the way business is conducted agriculture, children, cropdue to technology. The cotton gin instead of manpower, the combine, instead of mule pullers. We never look at previous people and say, “Let’s go back to that; ” we want what we want. But to get what we want, someone else was hurt for us to get it. We don’t care, just build something for Green Tractorme in the now. I don’t care if a mule puller could not keep up with the combine. Then you shouldn’t care if the combine can’t keep up with the latest form of technology. You have to learn to shift with this new global marketplace, or get left behind.

Yet, it’s not just the job situation that has people divided. What about the introduction of so many new immigrants? Immigrants are better suited to sustain in this country because they are less politically driven. Meaning, they teach their kids more so about prospering while we all wait for a political leader. People are waiting for Trump, whose not going to do it; Related imageHilary, who wasn’t going to do it for them. Meanwhile, immigrants are wining in the medical field, engineering, education, law, etc. They are not waiting for someone else to make their lives better. They are staking their own claim, while people who have been here in this country hold their breathe and wait. Wait for something, that actually won’t formulate no matter who is president.

And where is a lot of the push back coming from to not move toward a more technologically advanced society: small cities and rural towns. Then you have the flip side, those who are hoping advancements such as AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality) takes hold: large metropolitan cities. The more advancements will always win simply because you have to Bird's Eye View of Intersection and Overpasses during Daytimecompete globally. And you ask why? Well because, raw materials used to produce anything we need in society will become easier for people outside of us to purchase if we go backward. And our infrastructure will fail. For example, if I am in the business of steel, and can sell steel to China with more profit than the United States, we lose are ability to produce anything that requires steel. And if we do purchase, we get into bidding wars with other countries.

You see, in the end, it even Trump’s plan of bringing jobs back from overseas. It’s not possible, not because it’s not physically possible. It’s not possible because it would require spending more on products to be made here than if they are made overseas. Meaning more money out the pockets of people already struggling with current prices. Meaning, if I am China, India, Russia, or any other country looking to gain an advantage over America, I can now really compete in industry against the U.S.A. Further 4th of july, america, flagmeaning, offering that the same product you want in America cheaper overseas, and maybe even better quality. Meaning, if I only have $20 to spend, and something cost $25 here, but that exact product is $5 outside America, I’m buying $5. And spend that other $15 on something else. Global economies are so broken down, so complex, even Trump’s allies would shoot it down. Meaning, adjusting to new forms of business because society is not going back.


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