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Delaware, for everyone.
« on: July 16, 2003, 11:45:55 pm »

As the first state in the nation, I would be pleased to extend to all that would care to listen that Delaware would make a great first Libertarian society in the nation. From Delaware’s inception it was a state driven by independent spirits, since breaking away from Pennsylvania. Still to this day and age Delaware stands as a testament of its freedom oriented culture. Sure many can blatantly say Delaware is a state with a high degree of statist, but let us look at the true facts: Delaware has the most economic freedom. The one of the least government employees. The 2nd least amount of land owned by the federal government. Plus, a high percentage of FSP members as compared to most of the other states without heavy campaigning.

All this aside, do we really believe the rest of the 15,000 members will be so dedicated to the cause as the first 5000? Do you really think these people would risk moving so far away from their homes? Away from all that is familiar and safe to them, to an area that that person is not accustomed too? Not many and we will not be raking in the memberships as we are now unless we can pick an accommodating state they can move to and live comfortably. And if so how long can we realistically believe they will settle in this strange land before homesickness sets in? After the vote the rest of the people will not care about numbers or how one state is freer than the other. These people will not have these choices. Truth is, once the voting is over these other potential members are going ask themselves, “Will this state fill my needs?” What needs you may be asking? Quality of life needs such as jobs, lifestyle, climate, etc. The main reasons people move are because of economy, climate, and pace of the environment. Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. attracting people from both the east and west coast, because it meets most of the needs of people from all backgrounds. Voters really need to ask themselves is my favorite state a state that caters to the needs of all people or does it just look good on the spreadsheets? Does it have a large city, small city, towns, and rural farms? Mild temperatures and seashore? High density and low density?  

Let me bring to light another misconception, Delaware is not just for urbanites, it is for everyone of all ages and lifestyles. “Despite its small size, Delaware is surprisingly diverse. It is at once the nation's sixth most urban and eighth most rural state. It has northern industrial cities, sprawling suburbs, ethnic enclaves, farm towns, sophisticated resorts, insular rural communities, and a southern culture in much of the state. It is a bellwether state. Much of this contrast can be explained by the dramatic differences between upstate and downstate Delaware or, as they are known to Delawareans "above the canal" and "below the canal."

The "canal" is the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal that connects the Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay by slicing New Castle County into northern and southern half’s.

New Castle County "Above the Canal" occupies only about 10 percent of the state's land area but has about two-thirds of the population. It is urban, industrial, ethnic, and northern. Below the Canal" is lower New Castle County and Kent and Sussex counties. This is rural, small-town America. In many communities, families can trace their ancestry back more than 200 years. And along the coast, sophisticated ocean resorts have sprung up, including Rehoboth Beach which bills itself as the "Nation's Summer Capital" for all the high-ranking officials and diplomats who vacation there. But beyond Dover and the resorts, downstate Delaware remains rural and conservative.”  

There are 57 incorporated municipalities in Delaware, with populations ranging from 100 to 73,500 persons.  There are 13 incorporated areas in New Castle County, 18 in Kent County, 24 in Sussex County, and two areas that are bi-county. Each of Delaware’s towns and cities, a few of which are described below, has its own unique history, charm, and atmosphere

Arden - A picturesque artisan community founded by artists and crafts people in 1900.

Wilmington - Delaware’s largest city with a newly redeveloped Riverfront area with a walkable cluster of businesses, shops, restaurants, museums and a sports venue.  Downtown features a center-city shopping mall featuring restaurants, museums, performing arts, outdoor cafes, a turn-of-the century opera house, and a complex of historic homes.  A variety of ethnic neighborhoods intersperse with commercial districts and elegant new or restored residential districts.  The Christina and Brandywine Rivers frame the downtown area, along with the historic New Sweden district on the Seventh Street Peninsula.  The latter was the site of the first permanent settlement of Swedes and Finns in North America in 1638.

New Castle - The State's original eighteenth-century colonial capital, located on the Delaware River.  This was William Penn's first landing spot in North America.

Newark - Home of the University of Delaware, a quaint main street with shops and restaurants, scenic parks, numerous corporate headquarters and distribution centers.

Dover - Capital of the State, combining a government complex with impressive historic areas and twelve museums, colonial and Victorian architecture, small town atmosphere complete with a lovely main-street area and the Dover Air Force Base.  Home to Dover Downs NASCAR races and gaming.

Harrington - Site of the annual Delaware State Fair and a major harness racing track.  Historically significant railroad town.

Milford - Included in the boundaries of both Kent and Sussex Counties. Features include the Mispillion Riverwalk Greenway and impressive Victorian homes.

Milton - Small historic town on the Broadkill River, once an important shipbuilding town.  Extensive Victorian home district in a relatively undiscovered rural area.  The local ice cream parlor is renowned throughout the region.

Lewes - Quiet, historically significant fishing village near the juncture of the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean.  Delaware’s earliest settlement by the Dutch founded in 1631, now famous for its restaurants, charter fishing boats and historic attractions.

Rehoboth Beach - Nicknamed “The Nation's Summer Capital,” a nationally recognized seaside resort known for its boardwalk, unique shops and restaurants.  Home to the State’s largest outlet shopping complex.

Millsboro - Small town known as the home of Delaware’s only surviving Indian tribe, the Nanticokes.  At the heart of Sussex County’s back bay area.

Seaford - Small town combination of sophistication and a “down-home” feeling.

Laurel - Once a bustling town, now a small farming community best known for its daily commodity auctions and huge weekend flea markets.

Delmar - Divided, as the name indicates, by the Delaware-Maryland state line.

Bethel - Located on the north bank of Broad Creek River near Laurel, the entire town is on the National Register.

Georgetown - County seat of Sussex County, by virtue of its location in the middle of the county.  The town’s real glory happens every two years - the celebration of Return Day, two days after Election Day.

Delaware City - On the shore of the Delaware River, the town’s Battery Park serves as the departure point for summer passenger ferry rides to Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island

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Re:Delaware, for everyone.
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2003, 08:31:39 am »

Urbanites - People who are used to large cities of 1 million or more would find Wilmington to offer the amenities they are used too.

Small city slickers - For those of you who tend to stray away from large metropolitans cities like Chicago or San Fransico and feel comfortable in a city of 100,000 to 500,000, then Dover would be your best bet.

Town Folk - Anyone who takes to small town living can feel right at home in the many quaint  small towns in Delaware.

Rural farmers - Farmers feel right at home in the Southern part of the State. Delaware is the eighth most rural state in the nation and has the longest growing season of the FSP states.
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