Friday, May 9, 2008

Interesting City Stats

Kristiina and I were chatting on the phone last night and she was telling me what they had been up to yesterday. Taking advantage of the "outdoor season" they were getting some things situated in the yard. She said they went to the store in search of garden tools and noticed (not for the first time) the strange looks they were receiving from patrons and merchants. Not unkind, necessarily, but she said it's obvious that the "town" realizes they're the newcomers. That struck me as odd and I got thinking about where they've moved from compared to where they've moved to. Check this out:

Cape Coral was built about 40 years ago by two land speculators who believed that the property's location on the Gulf Coast provided abundant sunshine and almost endless opportunities for waterfront living.
The City incorporated in August 1970, and its population continues to grow rapidly. With more than 160,000 residents, Cape Coral is one of the fastest growing areas in Florida. Cape Coral is the 3rd largest city geographically in the state of Florida and is the 11th largest city in population.The city is a large peninsula on the Gulf Coast of Florida and is bordered by the Caloosahatchee River on the east and Matlacha Pass on the west. The city is located about 90 minutes south of Sarasota.

Windsor is a small (pop. 3800) but progressive community situated on the banks of the Connecticut River in the shadow of Mt. Ascuntey in southern Vermont.
The town was founded in 1761 and, in 1777, the Constitution giving birth to the Republic of Vermont was written here. The tavern where this historic event occurred is preserved here as the Old Constitution House. This building is only one of many historic sites in and around Windsor.

Imagine that! Windsor is over 200 years older than Cape Coral and over 42 times smaller. The history and intimacy that must wash over Windsor intrigues me. It will be interesting to see how Nic and Kristiina take to the change.

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