Shame on Hazelton
February 17, 2010 by admncc
This particular story is a great follow-up to the “We Are the U.S.” post. Thank you to one of our readers, Steve, for bringing it to my attention.
Would you like to live in North Dakota? If so, the city of Hazelton is offering a pretty sweet deal to interested families.
According to an Associated Press article, “The Hazelton Development Corp., formed by a determined group of citizens, began running ads in 2005 offering families up to two free lots and up to $20,000 toward home purchases. Businesses were offered free lots and up to $50,000 for setting up shop in the town.” You can read the full article here.
That sounds like a great deal for a town that only has “three churches, a bank, a grain elevator and a bar.” But when Michael and Jeanette Tristani took the offer, relocated from Miami and opened a bistro, they soon found themselves being exiled by the town’s current residents. Now there are restraining orders involved and the Tristani’s are moving.
This is truly an amazing story. A town on the verge of extinction comes up with an interesting strategy to recruit new residents, but then runs the first family out of town.
On another note, I was watching the Winter Olympics yesterday. Is curling really that popular???