On the coasts of this country, it’s not difficult to find neighborhoods in which the majority of houses have fences around their yards. It makes everything seem more compact, and even a little claustrophobic. In the Midwest, it’s the opposite. One yard runs into another, and even the neighborhoods look like a bunch of houses sprinkled onto an otherwise abandoned field. Meanwhile, the residents of the coasts are known more for being standoffish, defensive, and a little skeptical of anyone who just starts speaking with them. The Midwest is known for being a far more welcoming and friendly place….

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