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An Urban's View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:23 AM CDT

To save the countryside, nourish the cities. That may sound paradoxical, even radical, to rural politicians who nurse battle scars from fighting against cities for resources. But it actually makes better sense than more traditional rural-development policies, three Iowa State University scholars argue.

In "Can the Trend of Rural Population Decline Be Reversed?" (http://tiny.cc/…), Georgeanne Artz, Younjun Kim and Peter Orazem maintain that thriving metropolitan areas are the key to turning rural America around.

They build their case around a comparison of two states: Iowa and Nebraska. Nebraska suffers in their view from a paucity of metropolitan areas ...

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