March 22, 1987 |
Malvern and Exton may be hot properties now, but the county's future lies in its rural north, west and south, officials of the Chester County Development Council said. Towns such as Phoenixville to the north, Sadsbury to the west and Avondale to the south are becoming more attractive as land in the eastern and central parts of the county grows more congested - and more expensive. This glimpse at the future came courtesy of three officials of the council: Gary Smith, executive director; Walter "Skip" Feimster, assistant director, and Bob McDevitt, development specialist.
July 28, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Rural America now accounts for just 16 percent of the nation's population, the lowest ever. The latest 2010 Census numbers hint at an emerging America where, by midcentury, city boundaries become indistinct and rural areas grow ever less relevant. Many communities could shrink to virtual ghost towns as they shutter businesses and close down schools, demographers say. More metro areas are booming into sprawling megalopolises. Barring fresh investment that could bring jobs, however, large swaths of the Great Plains and Appalachia, along with parts of Arkansas, Mississippi, and north Texas, could face significant population declines.
April 30, 1989 |
The 1978 Ford ambulance has rolled up 70,000 miles on the two-lane roads of Koochiching County, and the volunteer drivers worry about breakdowns on late- night runs. But since the Littlefork Hospital closed in 1986, the battered ambulance is the vital link to emergency care for residents of this little northern Minnesota community. "Sure we'd like a new ambulance, but how do you spread the $55,000 cost over less than 1,000 people?" says Dale Peterson, Littlefork city clerk.
March 13, 1991 |
Rural Americans face a shortage of doctors and health facilities and are more likely than their urban counterparts to lack medical insurance, according to a new survey. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reported yesterday that 12.6 percent of rural residents rate their health as fair or poor - a description used by only 9.3 percent of urban residents. The rural poor - those with family income under $20,000 - rated their health the lowest: 18.8 percent of those rural residents said their health was only fair.
October 20, 2003 |
Though metropolitan regions across Pennsylvania enjoy a variety of broadband, or high-speed Internet, services, there's a lack of broadband competition in rural areas. This means that many residents and businesses in rural areas of the state may now have access only to inferior broadband service. Unless significant upgrades are made in many of the state's rural telecommunications infrastructures, this will remain the case in the future. Rural areas need advanced telecommunications infrastructures to attract new businesses and industries, and adequate broadband services are essential for spurring entrepreneurial activity, creating jobs, and supporting telecommuting workers who live in rural areas.
January 14, 1990 |
Pennsylvania's rural communities are often overshadowed by the dramatic social problems of Philadelphia. The 3.6 million people who live in those communities give us the largest rural population of any state in the nation. It is tempting for outsiders to assume that these smaller communities have pleasantly avoided the widespread social and economic problems of recent decades. Nothing could be further from the truth. Rural youth, for example, face tough choices and, too often, clouded futures.
March 11, 1998 |
The dominant faces of hunger in America are young, white and female, and they are turning up more in rural areas, according to a study released yesterday by Second Harvest, the nation's largest hunger-relief agency. At a time of national economic prosperity, nearly 26 million people sought meals and groceries last year at food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. An additional 70,000 were turned away because of a shortage of more than 115 million pounds of food. The most comprehensive study of hunger in four years shows the problem is increasingly defined along gender and generational lines.
August 26, 1990 |
What do a Chester County horse farm, a Main Line estate and a Center City townhouse have in common? All three were up for sale through real estate agents. After several months, all three failed to sell. And the owners of all three recently decided to sell their properties at auction. Real estate auctioneers say their method of selling, long a mainstay in more rural areas of the country, is gaining acceptance in the urban Northeast and becoming increasingly common now that the home-buying market is slow.
November 19, 1989 |
It's not all that hard to explain how I ended up as a luncheon speaker at the Pennsylvania Farmers Association Convention last week in Hershey, but it's not a short story, either. First of all, it had nothing to do with my knowledge of agriculture. As someone who can kill houseplants by simply being in the vicinity of them for a sustained period of time, I make no claims in that regard. No, I was there to talk about, of all things, urban problems, a subject that was, at best, only thinly disguised by my announced topic: "The Two Pennsylvanias.
November 1, 1993 |
Rural America is becoming less like farmland and more like Main Street. The Census Bureau has reported that only 7 percent of rural households are on farms, while 48 percent are in the nation's metropolitan areas. A rural household is a person, friends or a family living together in a community of less than 2,500 people - whether it's a tight village or a broad spread of countryside. The report on the national situation speaks of the sort of situation that exists in the rural corners of the Philadelphia metropolitan area, such as West Fallowfield Township in western Chester County, Durham Township in northern Bucks County and Tabernacle in southern Burlington County.