An Urban's View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Fri Nov 21, 2014 06:41 AM CST

Over the decades, countless millions of Americans from the country have moved to the city. A smaller but still uncountable number have moved the other way. These stirrings of the pot of humanity helped homogenize the nation, breaking down the differences between urban and rural.

But not entirely. For some, the urban-rural divide still yawns as wide as the Milky Way. There are city dwellers who find the countryside's nighttime silence more terrifying than ISIS; without sirens wailing in the background they can't sleep. There are country folk who cringe in claustrophobia in a "big city" of 500 people and ...

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