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Whither the Rural Heartland?

Sonya Salamon

in Newcomers to Old Towns

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780226734125
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226734118 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226734118.003.0009
Whither the Rural Heartland?

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This chapter analyzes the condition of postagrarian countryside in the U.S. It suggests that the development of the postagrarian social fabric represented by the six case studies in this volume raises challenging questions for planners and policymakers on whether to invest in people or places. This chapter argues that it is wiser to invest in people because the rural towns that have better sustained a sense of community are those where people working together have made the difference.

Keywords: postagrarian countryside; U.S.; social fabric; rural towns; community; planners; policymakers

Chapter.  7178 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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