In 1972 a bill called the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act of 1972 was debated in congress. The bill would eventually pass which gave $50 million to rural states, mostly in the United States.
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Why was such a large sum of money needed though? Rural areas at the time were mostly inhabited by farmer/rancher communities who made little money when compared to other parts of the country. Few people wanted to live in such an area, especially if they were not farmers themselves. The government would have to donate large sums of money to such areas, so that the residents could create some sort of attraction so people would want to travel to the desolate areas.
Did the large sum of money make a difference? Maybe at the time more people would want to move to these areas, but what about today? When people think of the Midwest most people think of a desert like plain with nothing to see for miles. If any person who didn’t already live in this area were to visit they would return with a disappointing report for communities. There isn’t much to attract people to these areas either. Cheaper property taxes? Maybe for middle to lower class people, but anyone who can afford to live in an urban area will probably choose to do so eight times out of ten.
Today, there simply isn’t enough to attract people to rural areas in comparison to their urban counterparts. Maybe the government could spend even more money to try to help rural areas become more populated, but who knows if that will even work. The amount of money which would be required to attract a large amount of people to the Midwest would be ridiculous. In the end, I believe that leaving rural areas to the people who enjoy a more personal lifestyle would be best for all involved. I think some people would rather stay rural than become urban anyway. Whichever side of the fence you are on, with how divided Washington is on most issues of funding these days, it is safe to say there will be none.