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The DETROIT-IFICATION OF RURAL AMERICA

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Under Obama, rural poverty has slipped off the national agenda as presidential candidates, pundits, and the press focus on the needs of big cities – the very places making the countryside poor. 

 

The fate of upstate New York is a small scene in a larger story enveloping rural areas across the United States. As the balance of population shifts to cities, urban elites are increasingly favoring laws and regulations that benefit urban voters over rural ones. The result is the "Detroit-ification" of sparsely populated areas so that the countryside increasingly resembles the inner city. This trend fuels the intense populism and angry politics that has shattered the post-WWII consensus and divided the nation.

 

William Tucker is Senior Reporter with the American Media Institute. He is a veteran journalist who has written for the New York Times, Harper's, National Review, WSJ and others.

 

 

Tags:  William Tucker, rural America, Detroit, urban, rural, Obama, American Media Institute, New York Times, Harper’s, National Review, WSJ

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