I like Springdale. I consider the vast majority of its citizens my friends. But I think you're going exactly the wrong direction with this.
I'd say it's much more likely that the reason Springdale is doing so well of late is that Orinoko, Threap, Kodiak, Zenichiro, and co are no longer here. Hey--before you jump on my back, Mercinae is flourishing right along with you, and if I were to say it didn't have anything to do with them not being around, I'd be lying.
To say that Springdale is the reason all this has occured is just silly, mate.
Written by my hand on the 2nd of Midsummer, in the year 1140.