from Rebecca's Pocket:

    OK, I'm guilty. I find myself wanting our little town to reverse it's current course of check cashing places and cut rate supermarkets and see a decent coffee shop, a Borders and a Whole Foods move in, starting the gentrification process. Where as my friends have seen the insane over-valuation of their homes give them the option of selling out for profit, our neighborhood plunks along with a steady historical increase that wouldn't give us enough to put a downpayment on a cardboard box on the east or west coast anymore.
    But for me, having a neighborhood that I can walk into with some of the things I'm interested in would be a dream. I don't think we want to give up a house to live in a condo with young professionals around, but for us to hang out in one of these places, we have to drive at least 5 miles. In speaking with a local merchant who asked Starbucks about a franchise, the rep said that our town, not just our neighborhood, would not be on Starbucks' radar for at least 5 years because it's not even close to being upscale.
    But there can be a downside to the entrance of these chains coming to town; those who don't appreciate a $3 coffee can find themselves priced out of their own homes…

The Whole Foods Effect