Time as well as "insights" of money hungry people has robbed the small communities of there children and stability leaving the community starving to survive. We have seen the towns businesses fold to the point of non-existence now a days. Populations are down as the children of the determined folks strike out into the world looking for .opportunity to excel in there lives.
There was a time when each community" banded together to hold together", resulting in generations after generation continuing the family and communities pride and traditions. You kept your money and business to home town front to assure the community thrived for the future.
I find it amazing those who left behind the life of small town community,racing to the larger cities so to be a part of " The Real Deal" have all branched out in suburban communities around the large cities to get back to the "Quieter life" as they put it. Maybe they should have considered long ago they should have stayed in the smaller communities and raised the family as well as kept away from the rat race they entered. Grant there is little left of the hometown, perhaps if folks would return to their grassroots home and revitalized the community with there presents and support,the communities would once again thrive and reduce a lot of commotion that is bred thru the large cities. They have no qualm in investing monies thru taxes etc. to build the large city,maybe it is time to bring it all back home and start not from scratch,rather resurrect what they abandoned to begin with.
When you put all the industry in the larger cities and take it away from the smaller communities there is common sense that tells you it is time to put the new industry in the smaller communities and create a "re-birth" that will bring life into those small cities.Many states you travel thru you find communities that have done this and quite well. The small communities have life and people are of a better frame of mind.the states that don't follow this method of "Community Survival" all have county after county of Graveyards filled with what once were thriving communities. Now just" rag tag" ghost towns of crumbling building and homes. small populations that rely on larger communities to meet there existences of survival. they have to travel to work,play or buy goods. People should wake up and stop chasing a better life. They already had it.