Rural Poverty and Coping with Big Box Stores

 

When many Americans think of poverty, the immediate image that comes to mind is of the crumbling, inner-city ghetto. The association between poverty and violent crime is a large component of what has driven Americans to desert the city for suburbs and exurbs. It certainly has been a trend in this class, our readings unrelentingly focusing on the travails on urban problems.  While our stereotypical visualization of poverty may evoke the familiar inner-city ghetto scene, I believe that the ghetto of tomorrow will look a little different. It will be an empty parking lot in rural America.

 

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