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Review: “Our Towns” Brings Human Dimension to the Forces Shaping America’s Communities

In recent days, President Biden has relied upon a common term when addressing certain news items of the moment. Responding to violence directed against Asian-Americans and a restrictive new Georgia voting law, among other things, Biden has been vehement in decrying them as “un-American.” Yet, many commenters have been quick to note that Anti-Asian activity […]

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Can the Story of “Our Towns” Help Us Go Beyond Red States Versus Blue States?

Deb and James Fallows spent several years living, researching, and writing in China. Unlike many visitors, they traveled extensively outside of Beijing and Shanghai, China’s largest political, financial, and cultural hubs. What they learned there inspired them to repeat the experience, this time a bit closer to home. The result was the bestselling book “Our […]

Posted inEconomy

White House Outlines Rural Infrastructure Investments within the American Jobs Plan

Billions of dollars for rural America in the American Jobs Plan will go beyond traditional infrastructure like roads and bridges to tackle needs like broadband, housing, and economic development, according to the Biden administration. The spending proposal, which will likely change would provide more than $10 billion for grants and loans to rural or tribal […]

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Population Gains and Losses Create Two Americas, and the Difference Is Mostly along Rural-Urban Lines

The overwhelming population growth story of the past 50 years has been the increasing concentration of people in central cities and their suburbs. At the same time, growth has slowed in rural America and in smaller cities. The central counties in the nation’s largest metropolitan areas (those with more than a million people) include just […]

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Rural Assembly Everywhere Will Focus on Repairing Relationships and Infrastructure

Rural Assembly Everywhere returns April 20-21 with a diverse slate of national and local leaders, rural experts, artists, and civic organizers, including Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Susan Rice.  The free, two-day virtual conference will focus on how to repair a divisive and hurting nation.  The theme — “Road to Repair” — […]