Who out there thinks you're in the best possible spot for you?
That would be me. Thing is, I like a more or less blank canvas.
This area is perfect for the long game.
Cheap, good real estate , in town or out; almost zero sprawl,
beautiful vistas, excellent public schools, possibly the best in the
country, easy access to the interstate, short drive to NY, Boston,
Philly, lots or nearby high brow culture, find the right circles,
you’ll make lots of friends right away.
Better love winter, cause there’s plenty of it, economy is more or
less permanently shot due to the mass exodus of manufacturers to
overseas and tax break haven states like Texas; small town mindset
with a “kick-me” sign on it’s back and a “what’s the use” attitude
about fixing things.
So why am I here? Well, I have no competition worth worrying about,
so I’ve got growth potential only limited by my own ambitions.
Doesn’t matter that the economy is crippled, people still fix their
jewelry, and some people always have money, and I’m starting to find
them. Besides, who says I have to sell here? In nearby Ithaca,
there’s a pretty sizable art culture, and it’s “the” cool town. It’s
similar to Ann Arbor Michigan in many ways, with Ivy League Cornell
sitting up on the hill, and the Carl Sagan stuff all over, the
Commons, etc. It’s great, and one of the reasons I moved here. But
that’s Ithaca, and people in Ithaca don’t know why anyone would want
to live here in Cortland. Well, I guess for all their liberal
politics and political correctness, they are missing something.
There’s a lot of sincerity in a working class town, and it’s nowhere
else to be found, in my humble opinion. I guess I just have a soft
spot for the working man. I suppose I’d still be back in Detroit
(nobody understands what’s to love about Detroit) if not for the fact
that poor Detroit is so far gone it’s practically impossible for
one’s children to get any kind of an education, let alone a safe one.
I’ve managed to find a hard-core die-hard group of artists here,
real good ones too, who are just chomping at the bit to turn this
place into a first rate “culture gulch”, and we’re not taking no for
an answer. You wanna visit and see for yourself? Email me. You want
something along the lines of a turn-key Starbucks ridden quality of
life town, well, try Denver (oops, too crowded), Seattle (oops, too
expensive now), Ashville (love it, is it sprawling yet?), Pheonix
(yikes! got money?) you get the picture? I don’t want to be
someplace crawling with late arrivals and hanger’s on. I wanna build
David L. Huffman