Summit and the Changing American Dream

Introducing a new series that aims to look at jobs, homeownership, education, debt, upward mobility and life as we know it.

We're excited to announce the inauguration of our new series: "Dispatches: The Changing American Dream."

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 consistently so we can better understand how our neighbors are adjusting to the challenges and opportunities that surround us. This series is about how America works, how we realize our dreams and life as we know it. It's about how we approach our lives, our relationships, our jobs, our communities and ourselves.

We know the American Dream is different for everyone. We know many of our friends, family and neighbors are working toward the goal of reaching their own dreams, helping others get there and nurturing not only themselves but their communities along the way.

Looking out across nearly 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 Summit neighbors, fit along these fault lines.

Nationally, there's a debate about fiscal and monetary policy that hits close to home in every community, including Summit.

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, Summit schools are than what was initially expected and the Board of Education is deciding how best to use those funds in a way that's responsible and consistent with the district's goals. At a time when the district was expecting less, the extra money can be used to foster a better education for Summit's youth.

"Dispatches" will be built upon the compelling vignettes and snapshots we unearth in our Patch towns throughout the year.

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

ressummit August 15, 2011 at 11:25 AM
Goodbye Summit Patch hello Huffington Post, Howard Fineman & George Soros. A new strategy after mid-term elections to influence the debate and politics at local level and have it translate to victories at statewide and national elections. Ask how many of these commenters are actually being paid.


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