'Micropolitan' Puts Happy Face On Sprawl Problem

The new Census designation for regional centers anchored by cities of less than 50,000 people exposes how rural life becomes suburban sprawl.
June 29, 2004, 10am PDT | Jeffrey Goodman
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For rural America, the changing economy inevitably leads to the same problems: unemployment, population loss, boredom, and decay. But according to the Census Bureau, 'micropolises' are springing up across the nation as access brings new life to struggling areas. Others are quick to point out that having a Wal-Mart and tract homes, while better than nothing, may not be the greatest improvement.

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Published on Monday, June 28, 2004 in USA Today
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