"established" means as little as "blow-in". well, actually, "established" might mean lazy and "i got mine so the rest of you can all pound sand", a la the work ethic of sandy ames and the corruption of his patron, kaz kazanjian, but it certainly can't have any relevance to the one-person-one-vote ideals of this great american dream melting pot of a city. as for "blow-ins", WE'RE ALL HERE BECAUSE WE WANT TO BE. (except, as i mentioned, those people who are here because they were accidentally born here, and coincidentally lack the self-respect to do anything about it more than think that such a thing means anything all by itself). the sooner everyone gets behind the idea that we're all here because we choose to be, (which is the same idea behind america, which is the only country ever founded on one), the better.
change means never giving in to bud and rita's obsession to measure and report the worth of every constituent by the length of time they've lived here. (seriously--count the number of introductions they give over the next two years that omit the "has lived in lowell for..." part, and tell me why you think that is).
i live here. you live here. that ought to be enough to prove that we are on the same side.