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Old 07-31-2019, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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People have moved out of the urban areas to the suburbs.
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Old 07-31-2019, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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I live rural and I don't want to go to the city, and I have ample means to live well in any urban center. For me the issue is the quality of life I enjoy in the countryside vs the noise, dirt, crowds, and crime of the city.
Exactly. Even high class urban living is a slum compared to a rural lifestyle.
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Old 07-31-2019, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Last time I had a physical was 1969 when I got drafted.Passed and called it a day.50 years later they were right no problems. I live in a town of 1300 and we have everything you could want one town over east or west
One advantage of small town shopping is that there is not the population to support the big box stores, so the mom and pop businesses have not been driven out.
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Old 07-31-2019, 10:28 PM
 
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That's because people in cities run to the hospital for every little things wrong with them. They call a WAHmbulance if they fall down and skin their knee. Rural people are mentally and phsycially tougher. We don't need as many hospitals as weaker people.
The old "nothing can happen to me until it does" mentality..
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Old 07-31-2019, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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I would hate living rural. I couldn't walk to Walmart or Burger King.
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Old 07-31-2019, 10:37 PM
 
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I would hate living rural. I couldn't walk to Walmart or Burger King.
And those would be the only 2 options..
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Old 07-31-2019, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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People think the problem in our country today is all due to the lack of "Christian family values" but people want to ignore the effect that the blanketing of America with Wal-Marts and McDonalds had on life and culture, especially in rural America.

Go to any small town USA, unless its a boutique/tourist town, and the main drag will look something like this.
People in my town think the new chicken places are getting out of hand. It's so bad that Raising Cane has opened across the street from Chick fil A
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Old 07-31-2019, 10:42 PM
 
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One advantage of small town shopping is that there is not the population to support the big box stores, so the mom and pop businesses have not been driven out.
That’s absolutely not true, at least in the Midwest; the only place where you can buy everyday goods is Dollar Tree or Walmart, or from the Amish. Places that used to house small shops are gone, replaced with one regional Walmart. Not too much choice in food, Wendy’s or McDonald’s and a couple bars. Maybe a Mexican place or a supper club if you’re lucky.

I did most of my Christmas shopping last year from small businesses, that would’ve been impossible in the rural Midwest. There’s probably more small businesses in Chicago than entire states out West.
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Old 07-31-2019, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Noth Caccalacca
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One advantage of small town shopping is that there is not the population to support the big box stores, so the mom and pop businesses have not been driven out.

Not yet anyway! But most of those small town people have an Amazon account and when they compare prices, mom-and-pop businesses will end up on the "losing end" in the long run.
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Old 08-01-2019, 08:47 AM
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Location: Dallas, TX
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As for the line "people are moving to conservative areas and out of liberal ones", that's not as true as it possibly once was.

Even in the South, the greatest growth and level of development has been in its least conservative areas.

Austin and Raleigh-Durham vs Baton Rouge and Columbia: all four are state capitals, host their state's flagship university, and in 1970 all four metro areas were of similar population size. In the 1950s, the UNC campus stood up to McCarthyism by inviting a socialist speaker to campus. Furthermore, back in the 1960s, later-US Senator Jesse Helms called Chapel Hill "a zoo" and suggested it be walled off from the rest of the state. Austin of the 1960s was one of the few places in the South where a hippie could hang out and not get beat up. Yet, Austin and RDM left the other two state capitals plus college towns in the dust a long time ago.

Also, even in the 1960s, Atlanta was much more accommodating to civil rights than most other areas of the South, especially fairly nearby Birmingham but not limited to it. Yes, "The City Too Busy to Hate" thing probably was/is more boosterism than anything else, but it wasn't entirely without substance.

I admit it's not as simple as openmindedness toward controversial and unpopular matters causes growth, it does seem that narrowness and firm insistence on people fitting into the community's traditional definition of acceptable person will dissuade a lot of talented people from considering a a move to the city.
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