Pilar Wilder moved to Macon 16 years ago to attend college, and she stayed after opening her own dance studio.
“I really do like Macon,” she said. “It’s like a family. You don’t like everyone in your family. You love them. Everyone in your family doesn’t think like you, and everyone in your family doesn’t have your same interests and yet you still love your family.”
Wilder said she recognizes there are issues here that need work, and she wants to be a part of that work.
“Moving to another city, people talk about that. It’s not going to be any different when you get there. There are the same issues, ... maybe on a smaller scale or a larger scale. So pick a place you like and if you don’t like something about it, be effective. Do something about what you don’t like. Dedicate yourself to being that change. It sounds so cliche but my goodness, ... If you want to see it, work for it, and that’s why I’m still here.”