New Series: The Changing American Dream

Oxford Patch is excited to introduce a new series for our Patch readers that examines how communities, like ours, are adjusting to the challenges and opportunities that surround us.

Every day, the national media is full of stories about how American families, businesses and neighbors are adjusting to these trying times.

There are so many changes happening so fast that it's dizzying: national debates about unemployment, foreclosures, debt, religion, government and private enterprise all touch on fundamental ways in which we see ourselves and our communities.

At Patch, we want to explore that conversation on a daily basis so we can better understand how our neighbors are adjusting to the challenges and opportunities that surround us.

We don't think there's one American Dream, but a multitude of American Dreams which a multitude of people are working toward.

Looking out across nearly almost 900 Patch sites, we see businesses holding their breath deciding whether to expand, college graduates returning home because they can't find jobs and senior citizens bringing boarders into their homes to help pay their bills.

We also see bold new volunteer efforts, inspiring stories of local businesses that succeed because they innovated, and locals who've taken these trying times as a signal to engage more, not less, in their government.

At the purely local level, we want to know where we, as Oxford neighbors, fit along these fault lines.

Nationally, there's a debate about the education system, which is at the center of our dreams of a better life for our children. Locally, there is always the debate regarding who helps with education: A national politician or the principal?

"Dispatches" will be built upon the compelling vignettes and snapshots we unearth across all of our Patch sites.

And, of course, we want your help: Tell us what issues and what stories in Oxford go to the heart of your American Dream.

This is a unique moment in the history of our country, and Patch is uniquely positioned to explore and amplify the stories that capture that moment.

Stephen C. Brown August 15, 2011 at 04:44 PM
How about some stories about ways that communities can strengthen their local economies? AMEX recently sponsored a Small Business Saturday where participants were encouraged to shop at local small businesses with AMEX providing an incentive. Too much focus on the American dream slipping away and not enough focus on how we as Americans can create a new American dream by present action rather than past reflection.


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