City Barbs has just turned two years old. I send my eternal gratitude to Joe for starting it, tip my hat to Tom who suggested the project in the first place, and thank treesfieldssky for contributing original–investigative, even!–content. This is the bestest pastime ever, better than TV or even genealogy. And I really like genealogy.

If this blogging gig paid anything, I’d quit some of my day jobs and recruit like crazy. Since it doesn’t, let me just say that I hope some of the lurkers become commenters someday and that some of the commenters become contributors of articles some day.

Make the jump for some Joe.

Why Joe started the blog:

For 20+ years I lived in Texas, the cities and their governance were just there. I was either to naive or they were too quiet to attract my attention. I’m not sure which. To say the least, the towns just sprawled along the freeway between Ft. Worth and Dallas. With few exceptions it was hard to tell which city you were in because of the lack of any discernable character between towns. In the summer of 2004 the group I work for in my company was moved to up here in Illinois. The office is located in Warrenville. This move gave my wife and I the rare opportunity to actually look all around the area and choose where we wanted to live. The Naperville area didn’t impress us at all. It looked just like the towns we left in Texas, miles and miles of houses and strip malls. Granted, Naperville itself has a nice older and historic downtown but it seems to get blurred by the surrounding sprawl. Lake County was too expensive, Chicago was scary, any of the small towns along Route 30 and 34, though nice, seemed like they would offer a daily drive of more traffic than I ever care to be in.

After much searching, we found DeKalb. A small town with definitive borders. Good mix of old and new, a state university, easy access to work by way of I88, good restaurants, growing but not exploding. We could see living in this town a good long time.

Sadly the honeymoon is over. We are now seeing the problems the town is facing. Much of the problems are with it’s growth and how it it will support it’s citizens with schools and industry. Now we are learning of the solutions which have been proposed over the last 10 or so years Warehousing, excuse me, I mean Logistics. DeKalb is currently slated by much of the city government to house some of the largest logistics (warehousing) centers in the area. Thousands of trucks with their pollution, the noise and lights, the mediocre jobs they offer. What a solution!…

Joe, I’m still bummed that you guys moved.