Outdated Ideology: To keeping things local within the community

Outdated Ideology: To keeping things local within the community


As mentioned before Oakdale natives shrivel at the idea of new developments within the town, “Oh, we will only attract the wrong people!” or “We don’t need that Liberal bull-shit in our town.” So, on and so forth. In 2009 a meeting was held in regard to updating the city and giving, “an opportunity for residents to help shape the future of Oakdale” (Rogers). According to this article City Begins General Plan Update written by Corey Rogers the plans for Oakdale were to fix transportation issues, housing, conservation of natural resources, open space, noise, public health and safety, economic development, community design and provide direction for land use. The article states that “... Oakdale last updated its general plan in the early 1990s and noted the procedure itself has undergone modifications based on state requirements.” The meeting that took place was supposed to help with the cities growth until 2030. Two residnets Mark and Sandy Ichord who have been here ‘since the beginning’ had some thoughts... “Mark and Sandy Ichord attended the meeting, and said they were there as not only business owners, but also residents. Mark Ichord, who was born and raised in Oakdale, said one of his concerns is the city growing too big, too fast. “We like the small community feel of Oakdale,” he said. The Ichords, who own Ichord Overhead Doors in Oakdale, said although their business would benefit from the city’s growth, they hope the city retains its small town character.” While my original Oakdale Proposal was a satire and addressed the problem of locals who feel they own this town due to deep imbedded roots, they are people who are on the board and hold seats within committee meetings and halt developments within this town or they give a lot of problems during the process. While locals still hold onto the idea that Oakdale is a small town and small community, by definition Oakdale is a city and considered urban. Locals want to be considered rural so badly, accroding to, “rural areas comprise open country and settlements with fewer than 2,500 residents. Urban areas comprise larger places and densely settled areas around them”. While Oakdale is Urban, boomers still choose to believe this town is rural and treat outsiders differently and treats minorities as if they are criminals. In an article labeled 10 reasons rural community development is hard to do, it hits the nail on the head and calls out the older generations that live in Oakdale. A few key bullet points from this article state, 1. People don’t understand what community development is 2. Differences between rural and urban. 3. Understanding community gate keepers. 4. Change is not comfortable. 5. Parochial attitudes. 6. Lack of resources and capacity. 7. Negative attitudes. 8. Lack of participation across generations. 9. Purpose of existence. 10. Leadership capacity A statement from this article that stood out was, “Gate keepers are usually people who have lived in the community for years, often clear back to the time when small rural communities were thriving. They made a living and prospered while raising their children. The community was and is still good to them. They do not want to see new community development come in and take away what they have acquired. These people often resist big changes with statements like, “We don’t need that!” or “It was good enough for me when I was growing up.” This is exactly what happened when the town held their meeting in 2009. Since then, locals have cringed at the idea of expansion. They like to point fingers and make remarks sharing them as fact. They will scream an influx of people from the bay or anywhere will make the crime rate rise

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Modern Culture

About the Problem

Problem Category


Problem Context

While these are just comments from Facebook, there are many who feel the same. These are the people who are on community boards, PTA, and those that are heavily involved in the community

How did you identify this problem?

Living in this town and see how the lack of diversity affects the choices made.

Problem Details

Who are those affected by this problem?

Those affected are the younger generations and people who move into this town

How often does this problem occur?

On a weekly/Daily basis. This town was divided over covid, mask mandates, sending kids/keeping kids at school, and new developments, when BLM tried to have a protest here. It's constant

How long has the problem been going on?

Since the development of this town.

Is the problem disrupting the community? How?

-Creates tension between generations and neighboring towns.

Is the issue perceived as a problem by the community at large?

-For the people within the community they are not aware or do not notice a problem

Is the problem limited to certain geographic areas?

-Geographic / Demographic

Who are the Stakeholders, those wanting this problem to be fixed?

People moving into this town and young generations

Addressing the Problem

Are you aware of any solutions, approaches, or efforts to tackle this problem?

-More community get-togethers where there is a blend of voices, not just the ‘usuals’ who always have their say.

What are the obstacles you are aware of to address the problem?

-No common ground reached.

What are the success criteria that could be defined to address this problem?

-Common ground being met, people being informed, people being open-minded, less hateful, and more discussion rather than arguments