Rather than continue to hijack Dan's thread, here's a new one.
Went realty-site shopping earlier today. There are many properties for less than $30K (thirty thousand, no typo) in the less exclusive 'hoods in town.
My little street is near the farmer's market, which consists of a two-way parking lot with a canopy support down the middle. Longer-range plans for it entail construction of a brick building for a year 'round indoors market, and making the parking static rather than constant. I figured this area would only come back up.
Here's my street (and my tree) last fall.
GRPS are supposed to be less than stellar, which causes families with a choice to make other arrangements. Wide variety of neighborhoods; mine's from the late 19thC with narrow lots and single-car driveways.
Population is around 200,000 and a high percentage of those are college kids.
If GR was on a ballot, I'd vote for it. I've lived in several towns and places; for the first time in my adult life, I feel like I'm home.