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When I first moved to Alma I thought that this might just be the place where I hang my hat and would have to go elsewhere for just about anything. The small selection of local businesses while eclectic have a funny "frozen in time" quality, from the cheery Mexican restaurants to the antique shops that also sell homemade knickknacks and crafts. The Performing Arts Center hosts a wide variety of shows, from the local high school drama productions to Broadway shows and popular acts of today and yesterday. And just down the street from this huge building is a small town square that holds a small fountain in which Popeye the Sailor keeps his constant vigil over the old main street shops. He is the symbol of a time when Alma proclaimed itself the Spinach Capital of the World. This cheerful and quaint little garden is a symbol of what Alma really is, a small yet proud gem. A booming metropolis Alma is not, but you really couldn't do much better in a search for Smalltown USA.
The area I lived in can simply be described a 'okay.' I lived right across from the high school, which was very convenient for me when I needed to get to school. The neighborhood itself is pretty sad. The people are loud at times, and un-comforting. The houses surrounding the area are sad to look at. It's a depressing scene for such a well-to-do high school to be located. The school itself is probably the best aspect of this specific area. The town of Alma as a whole is a much more friendlier environment than the neighborhood I lived in.
The neighborhood that I live in is the same that I grew up in. Close enough to the local businesses to walk, my neighborhood was not so close that you got the constant noise of the city. Being right next to one of the local schools meant that there were always plenty of families and friends around and that a house was never empty for long. With many teachers and police officers in residence my neighborhood was always a friendly and peaceful place free of crime. Also, during the Fourth of July, fireworks at the local park could be seen just over my backyard fence.