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Times are tough. People are watching businesses close and "for sale" signs pop up in their neighborhoods. We asked you to share your stories of these signs of the times and you responded with poignant views of the economy's literally concrete effects. Have you seen this happen in your area?
sjunat55 grabbed his camera and shot photos of Chelsea, a neighborhood in New York with a reputation for affluence. Through his lens, we saw the crumbling of a normally glamorous part of town: even the porn shop seemingly couldn't stave off tough times. austinchu left Orange County, California, and took us on a tour of the country, including crumbling parts of the heartland and a dying Oklahoma mall where only fitness walkers dare to tread.
We saw video tours of the areas too. MediaSpinDoc spoke of the absurdity of watching more homes being planned in Napa, California, as houses nearby go into foreclosure. Ggardner bemoaned the loss of favorite hangouts and local charities in San Clemente, California. And Salsteels gave viewers a peek at the hole left behind by big retail chains like Circuit City and CompUSA. But on the flip side, Windber, Pennsylvania, resident chzman said he found that while some businesses had closed, others were opening and his area was actively engaged in economic development to build up the local township.
These stories and many more were incorporated into an interactive story that can be found on CNN.com. Share your story and send us your photos and video . And while you're at it, check out our week of economic challenges .
If only I had a Crystal Ball,I'd be able to predict the economy and the next move for the 'AIG'...That would be a joke that no one would laugh at. HUM! I wonder what the new name for them will be! They may have to call themseleves 'White Collar Bandits'
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My site recoveryforthesoul.com has been given a FORBIDDEN link to it by our own goverment. It is time they shall be responsible!!!
I was not suppose to live long enough for the truth of who I am and what I have been through to get to the people of our Country. Thankfully God had other plans for my life.
United we stand, it is time to take back our lands!!
United we shall stand follow my pilght.
The news media has been restricted to get my story out!! Now it is your turn America to force their hands!! Speak UP!! shout OUT pray the price for this nation of ours to be united!
God bless all the children of our world.
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They even stole a poem called Solidier Girl which was written about faith and linked it to a porn site with a dot gov at the end.
They sold me on the black market, had hits on my life. Locked me up for a week I became homeless and disgraced. I was worth more dead then alive. Today I am worth far more alive then dead a few billion dollars worth. I do not want the money I want to help people have hope again.
My name you will find linked to everything
Spy rings, films, books movies, all made by stealing parts of my life. Ben Affleck, a friend who I befriened in need, our true story was Twilight, Slumdog Millionaire, just one of over a hundred films made that was my life stolen I was black balled, I gave blood and had my organs bought, by Bloombergs ex wife and her friends. thrown out of Olsteens church for asking for his help instead of his autograph. I have had my children taken from me and lied to.
Goggle it all The Runner, Project greenlight, corruption, black market, organ donar human trafficking, terrorist cells. yes, I was able to with a whole lot of prayer faith courage and a little friend with Autisim maned Norrie, to bea the odds and stay alive long enough for my story to be known. I am owed a few billion dollars and I am ready to give it away to a whole lot of Americans, and children overseas in need of it. Country first!! Our troops coming home first!!! Then we can unite this country, and be known as the country of integrity, we should have always been known as.
My name in google is Julie Mallen trace it, mark it, shout it out that this mom and meemaw refuses to go away,and by the grace of God is still alive.
She is going to Washington as a voice of the people. She is going to go help get the job done that should hae been done a long time ago!!!
God Bless you my fellow Americans!
United we stand!!!!
America has yet to see her best of years,
Now what world bank?!!! It is independence day!!
God Bless America, our troops,our Allies!!!
God bless you my soon to be known true friends!!
I can't wait to meet each of you!!
United we shall stand!!
My wife is "fully qualified" to teach in the state of California. You see California has a really dirty little secret. If you are a California "resident", you must complete a "5th year" of study before you can receive your teaching credential. Which she did. Now you have too many semester units which makes you a more expensive teacher and now none of the school districts out here will hire you because they can go out of state and hire someone without a "California teaching credential" for MUCH less money. This is blatent reverse discrimination! She has been trying to get an elementary teaching position now for "18" years and the excuse is that she "was not selected for the position". California school districts do not have to give a ligitimate reason for not selecting you. It is a crying shame as I have seen her in the classroom as a substitute teacher and she is "FANTASTIC" with children. California does not want "good qualified" teachers, they want "cheap" teachers. It's just another for of corruption pure and simple.
Jamie Elam, Teacher, Beaumont, CA