Bend, OR, (a city of about 77,000) was featured in a New York Times article because of its unique experience in our economic downturn. It seems that Bend was the residential destination of many Californians wanting to leave the traffic and smog behind. Bend, specifically, and Oregon in general offered a wonderful west coast environment. These newcomers bought high-end houses, generated businesses, and got new jobs. Then the economic downturn hit. Now some in Bend are blaming the newcomers for their woes. In essence this marriage was not for better or worse--just better. When that changed the newcomers became the scapegoats for what went wrong. Now let's look at this.