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Old 07-22-2010, 06:06 PM
 
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When will the suburbs knock out all of the rural areas? There are so many illegal and legal immigrants coming in here each here. That means more apartments and little fake communities will be built and more people will move rural to try and escape this. How long until the whole rural America lifestyle disapears?

Not sure why, but this has been a constant fear of mine for my whole life. I've always hated when I hear or see about new apartments being built out in rural areas or new suburbs being created. It's like this thing that is in my mind 24/7.
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Old 07-22-2010, 06:41 PM
 
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What I see amongst other things, is Big City Folks go to Small towns to get away from whats being created there.

Shortly after arriving they want to start changing the small town so it has all the nice things in the Big City they just left.

Some also bring with them their Hurried Up Life Style and Big City Attitude which abraids the Locals.

Some have Considerable Money so they can have their way No Matter What.

As time goes by and more Big City folk come to the small towns, they take on a different look and feel.

As more time goes by... Small towns are no longer the Small Towns we all loved.

I like to refer to Mayberry when I think of Small Town USA.

I just wish there was a way to find it, and preserve it, but I am beggining to doubt that is even a possibility anymore.

I live in one of these converted Small Towns .......
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Old 07-22-2010, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Finally escaped The People's Republic of California
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Actually if you look right here on City-Data, you'll see alot of small towns have actually lost population, as the kids get out of High School and leave the town to go make a life for themselves.
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Old 07-22-2010, 07:16 PM
 
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Although I live in San Diego at the moment, I can relate to you. I grew up in rural Southern Illinois. I go back to visit sometimes and it's changed so much. There's so many wana-be mansions all over, tons of new apartment buidlings where heavy woods use to be. Small mom and pop stores ran out of business. What use to be a nice 1500 person town is now taken over by the near by university and is becoming one big suburb of the near by college town. Makes me so angry... but there's nothing that can be done.
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Old 07-22-2010, 07:19 PM
 
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Actually if you look right here on City-Data, you'll see alot of small towns have actually lost population, as the kids get out of High School and leave the town to go make a life for themselves.
I'm talking more the suburbs over major cities that keep growing and cause the rural areas to disapear. Take DC have instance, it's almost taken over half of VA and it will keep spreading till there's nothing left.
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Old 07-22-2010, 07:41 PM
 
Location: NW Penna.
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Actually if you look right here on City-Data, you'll see alot of small towns have actually lost population, as the kids get out of High School and leave the town to go make a life for themselves.

Exactly right. And a few years down the road, here's what happens: If you just look around Mercer, Crawford, Franklin, Arnstrong, etc., counties of NW PA, you will see that the small towns are dead as soon as the retirees are dead. It's the retirees with their retirements and pensions that are propping up what's left of their small communities. When they pass away, their money goes to children out of state, the house is sold for $15k to $28k as a rental, and the downward spiral accelerates.

And those kids are right to leave. They can't do anything there except keep the census count up. There are no jobs that pay well in small isolated rural areas. When those places lost the their union-scale manufacturing jobs, it was the beginning of the end. If small towns get yuppies to move there, they ought to be glad. Most small towns are rotting away and homes and the old downtown disappear from neglect or arson. If the drug gangs move in, then your town is history.
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Old 07-22-2010, 07:42 PM
 
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Actually if you look right here on City-Data, you'll see alot of small towns have actually lost population, as the kids get out of High School and leave the town to go make a life for themselves.
Just noticed your name, I also live in CA and get out for bass a couple times a week. Read some more of your posts, looking to move out of CA as well, Southern Misouri? Grew up in Southern Illinois not too far away...Escape our $42.50 permits plus $12 for a two pole stamp here in CA. Not too mention I have to pay $8 for a day permit at every lake down here and they open at 6 close at 8.... I guess this is getting off topic. Just a little bit of CA anger...
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Old 07-23-2010, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I really do not see rural areas diassappearing completely.
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Old 07-24-2010, 08:35 AM
 
Location: CasaMo
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Take a drive from one coast to the other. We're not running out of land.
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Old 07-24-2010, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Travelers Rest SC
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For some reason, small towns work well in VT. Heck, the capital is only 4500 people! There are small towns all over the state, and each one has a general store where you can buy anything from bait to a $100 bottle of wine. Chain stores are very, very rare there, and local businesses are strongly supported. Too bad it's A) Rather expensive, and B) Too cold for better than half the year!
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