While eating lunch at the Floyd Country Store recently, a couple who moved to the area six years ago stopped by my table to announce they were moving to Idaho next month.

When I asked why, both said Floyd did not turn out to be the country mecca they hoped to find.

Floyd, Carlie Jamison said, “is trying too hard to be trendy.”  Her companion, John Ashland, agreed.

“The thing we liked about Floyd when we first started looking to settle here was the area’s lack of pretentiousness,” he said. “That’s gone now, killed by those who are trying too hard to turn Floyd into something it’s not.”

John and Carlie are the latest residents who have left or are planning to leave the area. Some head out west, to the wide open spaces of Montana, Wyoming or Idaho. Others head to rural areas in the South.

Their concern is shared by others. More and more over breakfast at the Blue Ridge Restaurant or the Country Store I hear talk about how some feel that Floyd is moving away from its roots.

“Floyd’s charm was that it was not trying to be something that it is not,” emailed Nancy Behn recently. “That’s gone now. Time to move on.”

There’s little doubt that Floyd has changed more in the last five years than in the 50 years before 2005. Some have prospered from the change. Others have suffered.

The change has brought new restaurants, new shops, more focus on music, more jobs for some, economic opportunities and attention to the area.

The change has also brought traffic, crime and other problems that many moved here to escape.

Is this good or bad?

You tell us.

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