Why communities should not try to be like other communities

January 9, 2013

This morning I read an article about city beautification.  In it a local elected official said that his community should try to be like a certain other community. He pointed out that other communities were “jealous” of that certain community.

I understand what he was saying, but I hope he doesn’t try to copy or replicate what the other community has done.  While communities can learn from each other, it should be remembered that every community is unique and should capitalize on its owns strengths.  In other words, learn from others, but be yourself.


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