Publisher's Note: Living here
By Jody Reese
I’ve lived on farms, in small towns, in the suburbs and in small and large cities. I like cities best and the best part of a city is its downtown core.
Even in this age of Internet where we can form virtual communities, actual communities continue to be incredibly important to an economy and the quality of people’s lives. In Richard Florida’s new book, The Great Reset, Florida argues that geography is more important today than ever before. In a culture where people change jobs every few years, people choose to live in places rather than follow a corporate job around the country.
If you’ve ever watched HGTV, you see more and more people looking to buy homes in cities, some even buying vacation homes in cities. Cities are places you want to live, not just sleep.
While all of southern New Hampshire’s cities have done well in the last few years, it’s Manchester’s that has really charged — improved — the most. When we started Hippo in Manchester in the fall of 2000 the city was a very different place than it is today (see the cover story on page 12). Even with complaints of a bad economy, Manchester is still adding new businesses and building projects. For example, local developer and HiDi creator Greg Barrett is working on a plan to create an outside performing arts park between Chestnut and Manchester streets (see n page 13).
It’s been great to watch all the area downtowns grow and I hope they continue to bloom.