What Does The Future of Orangeville Look Like?

Screen Shot 2012-12-09 at 7.13.58 PMI have friends that live in small towns across Canada and the U.S and sometimes they confess that small-town life can get them down. Everyone’s moving to the GTA, or out west.  Why you ask?  To be closer to the big chain stores is one of the reasons my friends give me, the other is because that’s where the jobs are.

I recorded this just yesterday… it’s Jeremy Williams, one of the Councillors here in Orangeville, and me, sitting in the new visitor center talking about the future of Orangeville.

Some really neat insights (some of them have already come true!). Have a look! I’d suggest viewing it fullscreen, so you can see everything better.

Here are a few reasons why living in a small town can really rock.

Honesty and integrity matters – You won’t be in business long if you establish a reputation for being shady or a jerk.  Even some businesses in small towns do not realize this or they deal largely with clients out of the area so they can get away with it, but most people want to have a good name and small towns have a higher level of accountability.  There are less secrets in small towns, love it or hate it that’s just the way it is.

Slower pace – Who could argue that the high pace of city living brings lower stress and is better for your health?  People have time for people in small towns.

Local loyalty – Small towns are loyal to local businesses, to their province, and to their country.  They are grateful for the good they have!

Purchases are thought out extensively – If I have to drive 50 km to visit a Target, and if I have to drive even farther to visit any upscale shop, say in Toronto, you better believe I have planned, budgeted, planned some more, and really thought about my purchases.  Since “dropping by” for a forgotten item isn’t an option, planning is a must. But if you work in the GTA you might stop by the store at lunch or go after work…Hmm, diving in all that traffic might give you some road rage..LOL

Shopping locally – is not just a pleasure, for some people it’s the only option. Not having big-name stores can be a bummer, but the upside is the flourishing of all sorts of small, locally-owned shops. You never know what you’re going to find, but chances are, it will be something unexpected and unique, and probably not mass-produced.  If you need to keep up with the Jones’s you might find yourself broke.

Now, I could probably turn right around and make a list of ten reasons why living in the GTA rocks (and it definitely does for some!) … but I’m a firm believer in being content where you are. When you grow up in a small town, you hear “I can’t wait to get out of this place!” a lot … and many do move away. But down the road when your starting a family you might just find yourself back in the small town.  But for me, I love living small. Do you live in a small town? Do you love it or hate it?

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3 replies

  1. anyone who moves out of any of our beautiful tiny communities so that he/she shop at crowded malls should get her/his brain checked.


  2. I grew up small town and couldn’t leave fast enough as good a time I had as a kid. City life is just different but I vastly prefer it living near downtown Toronto in the west end. Keep in mind that Toronto (not North York, Etobicoke) is a largely neighbourhood city where the several BIA’s work collectively to keep out bland and faceless chains in place of family run businesses. I hate shopping malls and chain stores even though I still use them. But actual T.O. proper is a special place that is impossible to find anywhere. My neighbours are awesome too. I personally don’t agree with and find it tiring with all the claims to a higher moral authority that come with country and small town life. People are just people.

  3. I grew up in Orangeville and moved away in my early 20’s to live in Toronto and now live in London ON. London is a big city and now we have a young family and are in the process of moving back to Orangeville to live the small town life for our kids. You forget how good life is living in a small town with the hustle and bustle of living in a city. See you guys soon.

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