Sister Cities ... no degrees of separation?

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Real Estate Agent with The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi BRE# 01390564

The Nines Team in Lodi

The idea of “Sisters Cities” has a long history starting eons ago in Europe.  The earliest known "twinning" in Europe was between the German city of Paderborn and the French city of Le Mans in 836.  The US versions started last century in 1931 with Toledo Ohio officially creating a “person-to-person” connection with Toledo Spain.  Since that time many US cities and towns have forged bonds with other cities world-wide, enriching each city’s cultures and enlarging local understanding of cultural diversity.

Lodi CatherdralLodi, California has several suchJapanese cities … each adding a dimension to the local community.  Lodi has Sister-cities relationships with Kofu, Japan and Lodi, Italy.  Lodi, California has a long international history that has produced a dynamic impact on the agriculture and culture of the city.  The Tokay Flame grape was introduced to Lodi from Algeria in 1857 and until the latter part of the 20th Century was a major portion of the grape production of the community.

Lodi has also made several contributions to the world’s commerce and culture.  In 1906 A&W Root Beer was born here – and later the international A & W restaurant chain.  In the last decade, world class wines have made “Lodi” an almost household word in many North American countries and the wines are making strong inroads into other international markets.

It has been said that there are only six degrees of separation from one person knowing all other people in the world.  Perhaps … even fewer degrees separate us from other world economies … So the reach from one Sister City to another … gets closer with each passing year!

 

If you may be considering relocation to the Central Valley of California considering adding Lodi, California to your interest list.  The folks at The Nines Team will be delighted to show you our town … and some of the best real estate buying opportunities in the valley.  If you wish to search the local MLS please click here.  Don’t hesitate to call us if we can answer questions or get additional information for you:

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Rainer
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Steve Ewing - Keller Williams Realty
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Jack - Lodi has a lot to offer and it could very well be because of all the international connects it has.  If I had a choice of where to be stuck it would be Lodi.  Thanks for the blog.

Jan 31, 2011 02:24 PM #1
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Commerce, at many levels, Steve if the future of many smaller town communities.  They seem to be reluctant to spend marketing dollars to promote themselves ... no so in Lodi!

Feb 01, 2011 04:55 PM #2
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Patrick Henry
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Always wondered how sister cities worked. They seem to be random in most cases except for when their names are the same but the country is different.

Feb 02, 2011 09:02 AM #3
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Patrick - there is usually some domestic-international connection - sometimes from education, commerce or the name thing!  Originally they were closely related trading partners ... and the tie was economic and frequently tied to "marriages" between nobility!

Feb 02, 2011 02:01 PM #4
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Jane Peters
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Thanks for the history lesson, Jack.  I didn't know there was a Lodi, Italy.  That makes sense.  And I didn't realize that there was more than one twin for a city.

Feb 08, 2011 02:36 PM #5
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Jane - the picture "through the gate" is of the catherdral in Lodi, Italy and the immedite buildings of the town on the "other side of the square."  It's just like in the "movies .."  except it's really in Italy!  Los Angeles has some pretty amazing and intresting Sister-Cities as well!

Feb 08, 2011 03:36 PM #6
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Susan Goulding
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I"m betting with social media, linked in, etc there is far less than 6 degrees of separation.  I know you - and I know you know everyone.

Feb 09, 2011 07:11 AM #7
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Uh ... and who are you exactly? (LOL) See you tomorrow for lunch ... in Ripon!

Feb 09, 2011 01:04 PM #8
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Jack,

I love reading about Lodi.. you are a great ambassador for Lodi.. they should put you on the city payroll.

Feb 12, 2011 09:44 AM #9
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Judi - thanks ... it's a great city and a great community of citizens ...

Feb 12, 2011 12:01 PM #10
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Richard - I feel that the more we look at how we are the same ... the less the importance our differences makes.  Just seems that too often media and "society" are more concerned about the differences - and that commonality is just coincidence! 

Feb 22, 2011 03:07 PM #12
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Barrie Clulow
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Jack - The six degrees of seperation is a pretty scary one there are some folks out there that I would rather have six thousand degress of seperation between us.

Mar 27, 2011 09:34 AM #13
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Barrie - There are some people who by design or accident of birth ... that one degree is not enough!  Thanks for stopping by ...

Mar 27, 2011 10:28 AM #14
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Maureen McCabe
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I always thought sister cities felt kind of 1970ish and thought it had something to do with trade,  I obviously did not know about the two Toledo's.  Or the very, very early European cities. 

 

Apr 08, 2011 09:51 PM #15
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Maureen - I think that in the 70's and 80's there was a much bigger focus on the Sister City program as trade partners.  I remember in LA when relationship were signed, there were always trade and cultural fairs and big celebrations.  But hey, in California anything is a cause for a celebration!(LOL)

Apr 09, 2011 10:57 AM #16
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Thanks Jack, I learned something new about sister cities.  I've often wondered when, thanks to technology and a 'shrinking' world, we'd come to the point of 5 degrees of separation.

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