We Built This City (Writing Prompt)

What do you love most about the city / town / place that you live in? What do you like the least about it? If you were mayor, what would be the most important problem you’d tackle? How would you tackle it?

city hallI’ve lived in Warwick, Rhode Island for the majority of my life.  My husband I live on the opposite side of the city from where I grew up.  I know the in’s and out’s, back roads and shortcuts, to get from one place to another without too much trouble–particularly during rush hour.  If I didn’t work in Providence, there would be no real need to leave Warwick except to visit family. 

What I love about living here is that you can find anything and everything you need within the city limits.  Grocery stores for any budget, banks, drug stores, car dealers, malls, restaurants, bakeries; name it–you can find it; independent or “big box” stores and anything in between.  Having everything you need within a 10 or 15 minute car ride contributes heavily to Rhode Islanders’ apprehension of going anywhere that’s more than a half hour ride–anywhere.

It may sound hokey, I actually really like our city’s mayor.  He is the city’s longest-serving mayor in history.  He’s done a great job of balancing budgets, helping to bring in new business and making the city a place people want to live.  No one ever likes the amount of property taxes in their city, which would be the only thing I don’t like about Warwick.  lighthouse

I was born in Warwick, graduated from the Warwick Public Schools, and have friends I’ve known my whole life who continue to live here. Even if I were to win millions of dollars in the lottery, I’d probably stay in Warwick (though I might put an addition on my house).  Today’s thank you goes out to the city I call home and hope to for a long time: Warwick, Rhode Island.

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