In the past 20 years, there have been times when it has felt as if Fairmont was falling behind, due to the closing of manufacturing sites and some retailers. The trouble might be with human nature, seeing the negative and overlooking the positive. Of course, not everything's rosy. There have been economic disruptions, in terms of the kind of work available and in the overall economy, due to the housing crisis of 2008. But as a report issued this week by the city's economic development director makes clear, Fairmont is holding its own, and even improving.