May 30, 2019

‘Our Towns’ in ‘The Atlantic’

The Atlantic, Our Towns, The Rural-Urban Divide is Complicated

In this post, Jim shares three stories from the past week on the “urban-rural divide.” The first, from The Washington Post, on the “surprisingly comforting” reasons for rural decline. The second a New York Times story about the shift in migration patters for Americans without a college degree. The third story is an American Enterprise Institute report finding, not surprisingly based on Jim and Deb’s reporting, that a city’s “amenities” such as parks, restaurants, walkable shopping, and libraries, make a difference in how happy, trusting, and engaged its citizens are.