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Rail Stations: At the Heart of America's Communities

With our new century just starting, this is a good time for communities across the country to reflect on where we are and where we want to be. How do we make our cities places that improve the quality of life? How do we make them places where people interact, share ideas and build a future together?

Where we live is one of the primary elements that defines who we are. Upon meeting, after names are exchanged, the next question usually asked is “Where do you live?” And what best represents where we live? As much as I love our community’s new regional mall, it doesn’t define Meridian. The interstate highways surely don’t. Even our neighborhoods, while they play a role, don’t define the entire community because each neighborhood is a little different –a mini-community. There’s only one place that truly represents an entire community—downtown.