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The urban-rural divide in Pennsylvania and beyond is vastly exaggerated — and causing real damage, new book finds

The urban-rural divide in Pennsylvania and beyond is vastly exaggerated — and causing real damage, new book finds
The urban-rural divide in Pennsylvania and beyond is vastly exaggerated — and causing real damage, new book finds

A view of Hollidaysburg in Blair County, Pennsylvania. Photo by Georgianna Sutherland / For Spotlight PA.

A new book finds that the urban-rural divide in Pennsylvania and the rest of the United States is grossly exaggerated and not supported by the values ​​and experiences of people who live in both places.

Article by Spotlight PA Staff

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Currid-Halkett, who grew up in Danville and is a Carnegie Mellon University alumna, argues that Appalachia’s struggles have been unfairly applied to everyone in the American heartland, when many areas are actually thriving. The idea of ​​a rural crisis, she says, is fueled by academics, politicians and the media.

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