"I think there’s still a lot of growth yet to go here, I don’t think we’re in a bubble in that way in this area at least. With all the industries and things going on, we’re a little bit recession proof, or more buffered from that a little bit….
"I’ve lived around here since I was in second grade. I think now there’s more businesses and stuff [in Sioux Falls] and people are opening up to ideas like I don’t think were was a lot of vaping stuff before, or like I think there’s more art and culture stuff, there’s a lot more to do. It’s a lot more fun, now. I think in the future I’ll probably move, but just because of the weather! I can’t deal with snow…”
"I was born and raised here… the biggest change is the investment happening in downtown, the expansion. [There’s so much to do now], absolutely, and I think there wasn’t as much even 10 years ago. Beyond that even politically it’s more accepting — I do think Sioux Falls is a bubble in that regard, but yeah for the most part an influx of money, activities, which gets people out…
"You really get to know who your neighbors are, not when everything is good, but when things are down. When the building collapsed [Copper Lounge], I know if that would have happened in L.A., you would've heard about it for like two days then everybody goes back to their life. Like "well, I didn't know that person" -- not to that extent, but it feels like it compared to the outpouring of support, the outreach we have here. When all the first responders were here, locals provided coffee, it was great. And that's when you really know who a town is. That was a really big day for me, because that's when I really got to know who my neighbors were."
"The question I get asked most often from people I encounter on the street is 'well, ok, but what are you expecting from me?' and that is my favorite question, because the answer is ‘nothing'. If you want to shower or not shower, sing or not sing, stand from two blocks away and just listen, if you show up slightly intoxicated even, it doesn’t matter to us, we just want to worship together."