These folks don't really want dialogue and add nothing to the conversation.
Real visionaries who want to see any sign of hope springing up need to consider...
1. Look at old pictures of Granite City for historical purposes only....it's not coming back. This is truly important....and hits on so many areas... Stop focusing on the old names, as there are new names also in town. Any hope of growth whatsoever, and it still won't look like it did in 1970.
2. Forget about Edwardsville. It won't work. Comparisons are near meaningless. Besides, who wants to be like them anyway?
3. Build the neighborhoods --- focus on them... give them a name and identity --- Granite City is lucky to have neighborhoods...
What's left..... Just be the best Granite you can be and keep trying, keep doing. Don't compare a working class industrial town with a bedroom community.
And what I said is probably a whole lot of nothing, but at least it's a conversation.
We just have to commit to conversing and starve the trolls of the attention they are seeking.