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5 Reasons Why Millennials & Gen Z May Find Peoria, Illinois Intr

5 Reasons Why Millennials & Gen Z May Find Peoria, Illinois Intr

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~ 1 mo, 5 days ago   Apr 17 2019, 6:04pm 
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@bernicebuffalove/5-reasons-why-millennials-gen-z-may-find-peoria-illinois-intriguing-thenewamericandream-68b987276c77?fbclid=IwAR2JBNrSCAWaEutuyfcldc3tshFkkyRoCfohZEiyF8iiqsjsFZ55NGDBl8A" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">medium.com/@berniceb uffalove/5-reasons-w hy-millennials-gen-z -may-find-peori
 
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Author Photo HipKat
~ 1 mo, 5 days ago   Apr 17 2019, 6:07pm 
There's nothing intriguing about Peoria, unless you're doing a study on violent crime, inept government and inner city blight over taking the rest of the city
 
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Author Photo bwiser
~ 1 mo, 5 days ago   Apr 17 2019, 6:29pm 
@HipKat : Did you see where the author is from?
 
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Author Photo HipKat
~ 1 mo, 5 days ago   Apr 17 2019, 6:30pm 
@bwiser : No, because of the broken link, but I can guess
 
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~ 1 mo, 5 days ago   Apr 17 2019, 6:35pm 
@HipKat : Hip, try it now.
 
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~ 1 mo, 5 days ago   Apr 17 2019, 6:36pm 
@bwiser : That worked
 
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Author Photo DennisinMH
~ 1 mo, 5 days ago   Apr 17 2019, 6:39pm 
Interesting analysis. Just not sure millennials will flock here because of his article.
 
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Author Photo HipKat
~ 1 mo, 5 days ago   Apr 17 2019, 6:55pm 
@HipKat : I replied to her, but I doubt you'll like what I wrote
 
I'm sorry to disagree, but I'm from Buffalo and I've been in Peoria for 13 years. It's a terrible place with a lot of problems that only get worse, each year. Nothing here is good. Not one thing. And anything that may seem good is eclipsed by the overwhelming negativity that permeates the Peoria area. 
After seeing the transformation that Buffalo has gone through first hand, it just magnifies the problems with the Peoria area.
Crime is out of control. Neighborhoods are being overtaken by an onslaught of renters as more and more home owners abandon Peoria and Illinois for better opportunities. When the projects in the south side of Chicago were demolished because of crime and neglect and to open access to Lake Michigan, many people moved south to the smaller cities throughout Illinois. Rockford, Peoria, Decatur, Danville, et al are now crime infested, run down and falling into decay as "white flight" expands further and further away from the city centers. 
Caterpillar is the main employer, and pay rates have been slashed over the years and lay offs and buy outs are common place.In general, pay scales are a fraction of what most mid-sized cites pay. There is no sense of culture here. Historic value is unheard of and preservation doesn't occur. In 13 years, I've watched this city make one bad decision after the other.
Taxes are mishandled. The police are short-handed and the judicial system is well known for locking people up in droves. In Buffalo, I don't know 5 people who have been to jail. Here, I don't know 5 that haven't been incarcerated from a few days to a few years. 
People aren't neighborly. When I first moved here, I struggled to find a good job, even while making friends that had access to job opportunities that I qualified for, but the attitude is that if you help someone find a job, they may take yours. Like I said, negativity is the foremost attitude in Peoria. In Buffalo, I was active in many local functions, a staple of the local music scene and well known on the various strips. Making friends came easy. I hosted a cable access show about local music that was more popular than we ever expected. Here, I've struggled to make friends and have become more and more of a loner.
Obviously, you found a few gems here, there's something positive about every place, but overall, I would do anything to be able to just come home again where those same opportunities you found here are vastly multiplied. Where people care about their city and each other. Where arts and progress are cherished, not jeered. Where roots planted run deep and are strong and that's not like Peoria.
 
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~ 1 mo, 5 days ago   Apr 17 2019, 7:39pm 
@bwiser : HK, that is pretty ironic.
 
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Author Photo DennisinMH
~ 1 mo, 4 days ago   Apr 18 2019, 8:39am 
This guy should look around to see that Peoria has good and bad:
 
1st, this positive news:
www.pjstar.com/news/ 20190417/nursing-sit e-ranks-bradley-univ ersity-no-5-sta
 
then the opposite, occurring in the EB about a block NE of Glen Oak Learning Center:
www.pjstar.com/news/ 20190417/two-people- hospitalized-after-d ouble-shooting-
 
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~ 1 mo, 4 days ago   Apr 18 2019, 11:00am 
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My takeaway from that article was that Peoria has cheap housing, coffee and....cheap housing? It was written by a real estate developer and I don't deny that Peoria seriously needs some GOOD landlords but this guy's response pretty much sums up the issues with that.
 
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Author Photo jimthompson
~ 1 mo, 4 days ago   Apr 18 2019, 11:28am 
@HipKat : that reads like the manifesto of a crazy person. why would you go out of your way to write something so vile?
 
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~ 1 mo, 4 days ago   Apr 18 2019, 11:37am 
Peoria is a great place to live. Just like any place, Its what you make of it.
 
If a person has a ****** attitude about life in general, there is no location that is going to satisfy them.
 
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~ 1 mo, 4 days ago   Apr 18 2019, 11:49am 
@HipKat :
"It's a terrible place with a lot of problems that only get worse, each year. Nothing here is good. Not one thing. And anything that may seem good is eclipsed by the overwhelming negativity that permeates the Peoria area."
 
Geez, man, that's brutal...I can understand being frustrated that certain things are not as good as they could be...but I spent a couple weeks going through slums of Manila...people living in serious poverty and crime...but they're full of people who love their neighborhoods and their neighbors and life in general... I'm not saying everyone should be happy living in poor neighborhoods in Manila, but saying there's "not one good thing" any city in the US is just not true...is it possible you are just depressed or pessimistic about life in general, and that's being redirecting to the city?
 
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~ 1 mo, 4 days ago   Apr 18 2019, 11:53am 
@PeoriaDotCom : i remember friends 30 years ago that would leave peoria thinking it would cure their problems. those friends had the same problems in florida, chicago, new york, and everywhere else. it was just more convenient to blame their hometown.
 
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Author Photo joepyeweed
~ 1 mo, 4 days ago   Apr 18 2019, 11:56am 
HipKat : Geez, man, that's brutal...I can understand being frustrated that certain things are not as good as they could be...but I spent a couple weeks going through slums of Manila...people living in serious poverty and crime...but they're full of people who love their neighborhoods and their neighbors and life in general... I'm not saying everyone should be happy living in poor neighborhoods in Manila, but saying there's "not one good thing" any city in the US is just not true...is it possible you are just depressed or pessimistic about life in general, and that's being redirecting to the city?
 
@PeoriaDotCom : I agree. I have similar experience spent in some of the worse slums of the world. People's happiness is not always a direct function of where they live or what they have.
 
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