Being poor is not a permanent predicament in this country. But it is a problem that won't fix itself. ... Many poor rural communities have been transformed from hard-scrabble to self-sufficiency and, in some unusual cases, to high-tech and amenity-rich zones of great wealth. Cities given up for dead make comebacks and create new prosperity. Strategies that work are not overnight "get me a grant" successes; they are more often plodding developments where the benefits may only come a generation or two down the pike. That might not sound like much of a solution to an out-of-work miner who has truck, car, and house payments he cannot make. But in this neck of the woods we did not get to where we got fast, and it is going to take a serious do-over to get us out.
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