A friend of mine said that in his neighborhood in Little Falls, MN, most of the people who live near him work elsewhere. He referred to the city as a bedroom community, where the housing is cheap but there are few jobs, so people live here and commute to other cities to work. Because they spend so much time on commuting and working, they rarely get connected to the city in any other way.
Is Little Falls destined to be a bedroom community? Does it exist merely to provide cheap housing for larger communities? If so, how do we make the most of the city in this light?
If not, how can we encourage those who come for the cheap housing but leave for work to get more involved in the community, or at least feel they belong?