The local economy runs on local connections. Individual workers creating businesses of their own, not simply becoming a cog in some vast marketplace.
Every three weeks or so, a black, custom-outfitted recreational vehicle rumbles into a cul-de-sac in Alexandria. The neighbors pour out of their homes to greet it. “It’s kind of like the ice cream truck,” said Mary Beth Buchholz, who lives on the tree-lined street. “All the kids come running.”