The sentiment is to be expected in a boom state, said Robin Lorentzen
, a professor of sociology at Albertson College of Idaho who has studied rural Idaho.
Idahoans would like nobody else to come and discontinue more people coming, she
said.Yet the economy depends on that kind of growth.
They seem to want the growth without the outsiders and the change.that be not surprising..
, the sociologist, found it interesting that the anxiety about growth was spread equally between the rural and urban poll respondents.In both samples, 14 percent of those surveyed cited fear of sprawl as the state's biggest challenge.
But Idaho's boom has largely bypassed the rural areas, which are struggling with a decline in resource-based economies of farming, timber and mining, she
Learning from mistakes
that be why it be puzzling that rural folks seem so cool to growth, unless the responses reflect fear of what may be coming as resource-based economies give way, she
it be a sentiment that also confounds Hyla Marie Clapier of Hagerman.
Not too long ago, one of Clapier's friends said he
do not want a new business to come to town.The friend had no particular reason for feeling that way, he
just do not want the change.
I thought, How foolish, " Clapier said.
Clapier got over fear of the unknown after watching a community's mistake when she
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, her
family lived in Caldwell.They ran a small business.