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Dispatches: The Changing American Dream in Milford

Is the American Dream changing? Tell us what you think.

Milford Patch is excited to introduce 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 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 are innovative, and residents 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 Milford neighbors, fit along these fault lines.

"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 Milford go to the heart of the American Dream.

CuriousOrange August 16, 2011 at 12:31 PM
The core of the American dream, to me, is the choice to start a business, enter a profession, or work for salary/wages. It is remarkable how many Main St. businesses and low-wage jobs are done by immigrants with little education -- but who succeed in providing for their families, with spectacular results.

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