The four millennials on the panel at last week’s Citizens Club program were all generous about Springfield, several saying they could see themselves still living here when they are 50 years old. They like the accessibility of a small city, where you can always talk to the mayor, and they find it easy to make friends here. They wish downtown were more alive, that the bar scene were more dense, and that Springfield had a planner and more planning. But they complain they aren’t taken seriously, that their voices aren’t heard, that they can’t break in to the power structure. We who have had our chance need to give others a chance.

–Fletcher Farrar, editor and CEO

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