I grew up in the small town of Haddonfield, New Jersey; considered to be a suburb of Philadelphia and about a 15-20 minute drive from the city. My parents moved to this area while my mom was pregnant with me, and were looking for a good place to live since my dad would be working in the city. They were originally going to live in the city itself, but then a friend suggested Haddonfield, because of it’s great schools and very safe neighborhood. Growing up there, my parent’s friend wasn’t wrong: the schools are always ranked in the top percent in all categories, from academics to sports, and the entire town is completely safe. The only real crime is all the drinking and drugs that the high school kids do, which they only do because there is literally nothing else to do in the town. There is no movie theater, no bowling alley, no department stores and no chain stories. Almost all the restaurants are mom-and-pop places, save for just two chains: Starbucks and Saxby’s. The whole town is a dry town, so there are no liquor stores or fun bars, although on every major road leading out of the town, there is a liquor store and/or bar right outside the town limits. As I grew older, I eventually asked my parents about this, and they said that the town council actively prevents all of those things from coming inside the town. Mcdonalds, Wendys, Burger King, Dunkin Donuts all want to put a location inside Haddonfield, but are prevented from doing so. The town government refuses to allow any type of store, restaurant or venue into the town that they feel might attract ‘undesirables.’ They don’t want to attract the ‘wrong type of people,’ namely poorer people who can’t afford a $7 coffee from Starbucks, or the $20 steak from the restaurant across the street. The entire town is also almost 100% white, in my grade of 180 kids, there were less than 5 non-white kids. I think the town is still mired in the 1700’s, trying to keep the town safe and white from all the dangerous surroundings.