My Rent is More Than Your Mortgage—And That’s OK

My Rent is More Than Your Mortgage—And That’s OK

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My Rent is More Than Your Mortgage—And That’s OK

Often, when I talk about my rent in the city, I receive some version of “my entire mortgage is less than your monthly rent” from those who live outside of cities, usually with addi ...

Often, when I talk about my rent in the city, I receive some version of “my entire mortgage is less than your monthly rent” from those who live outside of cities, usually with additional commentary about throwing away money on rent. But I’m still getting the better deal, as ar ...

Lessons from Parks and Recreation: Moving from Pawnee to Eagleton

Lessons from Parks and Recreation: Moving from Pawnee to Eagleton

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Lessons from Parks and Recreation: Moving from Pawnee to Eagleton

“Is the Eagleton side really that much better than the Pawnee side?” “To be fair, yea.” Parks and Recreation is a show about the fictional small town of Pawnee, Indiana. In t ...

“Is the Eagleton side really that much better than the Pawnee side?” “To be fair, yea.” Parks and Recreation is a show about the fictional small town of Pawnee, Indiana. In the episode “Eagleton,” we are introduced to a conflict between the main character, Leslie Knope, and ...

What is a City?

What is a City?

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What is a City?

What is a city—that seems like an easy question. In America we have our standard list of examples, including New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. But that list also contains De ...

What is a city—that seems like an easy question. In America we have our standard list of examples, including New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. But that list also contains Detroit, St. Louis, and Miami. These are all very different places, with different histories and diffe ...

When Your Business District is a Soda Machine

When Your Business District is a Soda Machine

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When Your Business District is a Soda Machine

I grew up in a place called Economy. That small town in rural Indiana might as well have been named Irony, because the only functioning business in town was the soda machine (I cal ...

I grew up in a place called Economy. That small town in rural Indiana might as well have been named Irony, because the only functioning business in town was the soda machine (I called it “pop” back then) in front of the volunteer fire department. Nowhere else between any of Econo ...

Small Town Expats – A New Podcast

Small Town Expats – A New Podcast

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Small Town Expats – A New Podcast

In two weeks, on February 19, the first episode of Small Town Expats will hit the airwaves/servers! I'm your host, Daniel Golliher, and my co-host is Andrew Lewis. We grew up ...

In two weeks, on February 19, the first episode of Small Town Expats will hit the airwaves/servers! I'm your host, Daniel Golliher, and my co-host is Andrew Lewis. We grew up in the same county on a farm and in a town of a little more than 100, respectively. Now we both liv ...