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Why Millennials Are Leaving Big Cities

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Don’t confuse the millennial presence in cities with a desire to be in a city. The population of millennials in large cities may be dense, but since 2010, there has been growth in suburban and smaller urban areas. Not only that, but millennials are moving out of big cities like New York in droves and moving into neighboring areas. Up and coming cities like Camden is showing promise as an alternative to their neighboring city, Philadelphia. With more options and prices for housing dropping, leaving a city may not seem like a bad possibly. The reasons for millennials leaving a city may not be too surprising.

 

Struggle for financial stability

It’s not surprising to find that the millennial generation is struggling financially. With the recession and lack of jobs, the expense of living in a city just doesn’t seem worth it. Though unemployment has lowered, wages are still stagnant. At first glance, it may seem as if millennials prefer public transportation, but it may also translate to the difficulty of affording cars. Millennials are marrying later or not at all because of the lack of financial stability.

 

Living in a city was temporary

A large city meant job opportunities in the eyes of a millennial. However, it is expensive and chaotic. The allure of bars and skyscrapers have less of an appeal in the long run. Meanwhile, smaller cities with a growing economic sector like Camden seem more attractive, especially for job opportunities. Many new startups try to keep their offices in a more affordable area, which many times is not within a large city.

 

Lower priced housing

Not so long ago, purchasing a house seemed almost impossible because of the inflated prices. Though millennials are known for renting rather than purchasing, the housing market is slowly improving, and houses seem more attainable. Moving into the suburbs or a smaller metro area is better financially in many cases.

 

Preferences change

Today’s 30 – 44 year olds are moving out of cities and into the suburbs or faux urban suburbs. Contrary to what was once believed, millennials still have that dream of living the American dream of having a big single house with the fence and lawn. Now that the older millennials are more established in their career, they don’t feel a need to stay within the confines of a big city. Though the move out of a city and into the suburbs may seem slow compared to other generations, it seems that people are just planning to migrate at a later time.

Jie writes about influencers and startups in various industries. She is a designer turned techie, and when she is not writing, you can find her in her workshop working on her next big project.

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“I’m Fat Let’s Party” Guy: Life as a Celebrity Meme

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The internet has done a lot to disrupt culture.  Once upon a time, styles, techniques, communities and information were only as transmutable as cable TV and word of mouth.  When compared to the rate of change we see today, the evolution of content has moved from a slow creep to nearing light speed.  Ten years ago the lifetime of any trend in humor could last months, and before that years.  These days, you see a popular meme “break the internet” but one week later a new one is there to take it’s place.

Imagine if Charlie Chaplin had risen to fame in this day and age through the vehicle of The Meme.  Would he still be as iconic?  As immortal?

I spoke with Steven Lee… also known as “I’m Fat Let’s Party” Guy.  Steven’s meme has been sported on the front page of reddit twice and has garnered over 400k in likes and shares on social media within the first hours of being posted.  As it happens, Steven and I actually went to the same schools growing up.  However I am jealous because I cannot say that I grew up to be a world-class meme.  I got the chance to speak with him about Memeology.  Here’s what he had to say:

1.  So let’s hear about this party…  

The picture was taken in 2011, I was with my friend Dave Leek. We went to Philadelphia at Drexel Factory for a concert. The head Dj was Alesso. When we got there I found out my friend Dj Dubsef was opening so we were allowed in early. When the concert started, since we got in early we got front row, right in the middle. It was crazy we were just having a blast and I saw the photographer “ATOTHE” and I just made that pose and everyone went along with it. It was great the high from just being at the concert and all the fun I was having was crazy mainly because I was completely sober. We didn’t drink at all it was just the energy that gave me like a high feeling. Definitely an amazing feeling.

2.  Now let’s hear about this shirt…

The shirt I got back in 2010 at Comic Con NY. It was at a booth called “Seibei”. They were super nice. After I became the meme I sent them an email about it. They thanked me and I told them that I ordered another shirt from them.  They said they were going to throw in some more for me. It was amazing because I ordered two shirt but when the package came they gave me three more shirts two of them were different color versions of the “I’m Fat, Let’s Party” shirt. One in black with yellow letters and one in sky blue with yellow letters too. Another note about Seibei is that when I went to Magfest 2015 I got to meet the creator of the shirt there. He was working his friend’s booth there and I haven’t officially met him before so it was great. Once he saw me he told some customer “I’m sorry but I need to hug this man really quick.” He is an amazing man, his name is David by the way. In short, I have three different colors of the shirt.

3.  Who first memed this?  Tell me about the moment you realized it went viral.

So going back to the Photographer “ATOTHE” he posted the original photo on his Facebook page. Then someone who I still don’t know posted it to “reddit” and it blew up from there. It’s funny I never heard of reddit before that. I saw the post after 14 hours of it being posted and it already had over 400,000  reblogs and likes. It was weird because in the comments some people knew who I was, telling them I lived in NJ and that I went to high school. Some said that I quote “omgz he snapchats me everyday”. The worst part of it though was the comments about body confidence saying that I have a mental problem about my body. Then there were other people arguing about it. It was pretty nuts. Also in the comments were people who started to photoshop me into a ton of different memes.  Basically the reason it became a big deal was because it made the front page of reddit and apparently posts only get the front page when it’s discussed and reblogged a ton.

4.  How old is this meme now?  How often do you see it reappear? 

It’s about 5 or 6 Years old now. It has been reappearing all the time. It’s been on the front page of reddit now about 5 times and when it gets posted the meme evolves, which is cool.

5.  What has been the most surprising side effect of being a “meme guy” so far?

The most surprising part of being “that guy” is that people from all over the world knows the meme and some of them actually know who I am due to mutual friends. The funniest/weirdest time I got recognized was when I was working as a cashier for FiveBelow. These two kids age probably around 12 and 10. They made a comment while I was ringing them up. It was “oh must be a party over here”. I was confused at first but then I looked at them and I asked are you referring to the meme. Their faces lit up in excitement when I caught on. What made it weird is that their father was confused and asked what are you guys talking about. My response was that they saw a funny picture of me and he gave me the most confusing look ever. It was funny and weird lolz.

6.  What are your thoughts on meme culture and memes as a vehicle for humor?  What’s your favorite meme?  

The meme culture is huge, when it first started it usually was the same pictures with new phrases on them. Now new memes come out every other week. The convention I went to had a huge meme culture following in it. There were people who cosplay a meme that just got popular only a week ago. It’s crazy but I also believe sometimes people make memes and take it to a new level. Now memes are videos too. They went from pictures to videos… now that’s huge step. But again some of the memes are just too much for me and are part of that I wanna say is stupid humor like doing the stupidest things on purpose.

My favorite meme of all time?  Arthur Fist.

7.  What do you like most about your meme?  What do you like least? 

What I like most about my meme is that I met people who told me that the meme gave them the courage to go out and do things and that made me feel better about themselves. Even though I just was at a party having fun. The thing I like least about it is that some people think that I’m someone who just parties all the time and that makes them think I’m not someone who actually has a head on their shoulders. It sucks but I usually just ignore those guys because everyone has, haters am I right?
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Here are some low cost business ideas to feed the entrepreneur inside you. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need thousands of dollars to start your own business. If you want to make it as an entrepreneur, what you really need is determination and patience in order to survive the business world. If you’re looking for low cost business ideas, you’ve come to the right place because we have some brilliant ideas you can cash in on.

1. Ride Sharing Service

Thanks to platforms like Uber, ridesharing services are becoming popular worldwide. If you already have a car, you can start this business without shelling out a dime. If all goes well you can turn your ride sharing service into a chauffeur service, or hire other subcontractors to launch your own brand.

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2018 starts with $1 Unlimited Designs with Camden Unlimited

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The city of Camden will be ending the year of 2017 with many accomplishments, because of the launch of Camden Unlimited and other projects, Camden reported to have the highest job growth rate. Over time, Camden has successfully brought in big businesses like the Philadelphia 76ers, Holtec International, Lockheed Martin, and more to the city with the offer of over 3,000 job opportunities.

Although big businesses are beginning to crowd the area with job opportunities, the poverty level is still at a high rate in the city. There is still more work needed to be done, especially in the community surrounding the nonprofits and volunteers. With such little resources, people who dedicate their personal time to change the city have no success. This calls for the Penji project, Camden Unlimited to help.

As recently announced, the Camden-based startup, Penji is offering their unlimited graphic design service to non-profit organizations in the city of Camden for $1. This includes a new logo, event flyer, marketing materials, ads, websites, and more. There is no catch, no limitations, and no end date on this deal. The service does not end until you have everything you need. In return, the Penji team simply asks to stay true to your promise to the city of Camden and to the people within the community. There are only two requirements for the participation in Camden Unlimited: Be a nonprofit and be located in Camden. Non-profits who qualify may apply at http://Penji.co/camdenunlimited.

“Camden is rising and Camden Unlimited allows for everyone on the local level to be included in the development”. Says Penji co-founder Johnathan Gryzbowski.

The actions of Camden Unlimited will profit more than organizations, but to the citizens of the community as well. Businesses and organizations in the area will represent the city to its proper standards. Penji is gradually bringing the community together to help rebuild the city, introducing the culture to a new idea of to ‘help those who are helping others’.

The year 2017 will end with the success of Camden Catalyst, the city’s first startup pitch competition to help startups set up their headquarters in Camden with City Invincible Farms bringing home the prize money of $25,000.This also includes Hopeworks ‘N Camden receiving a donation of $420,000 to continue building on their empire for youth development. There are many more accomplishments in the city, but the year will end with the release of Camden Unlimited.

A myriad of non-profit organizations flood the city of Camden, dedicating their personal efforts to reshape the community. This ambition cannot be done without the help of other community members. There has already been a jumpstart on this concept, but if the city keeps it up, the future job growth foreseeing the next ten years of Camden is predicted to be 34.74%. As a community by working together in 2018, this will be the year for Camden. This starts with the Penji project of Camden Unlimited.

 

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