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urbanriot
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Re: [Serious] Rural Poverty

I interacted with some communities over a year ago, for different reasons, and interacted with many people in such rural areas myself. The upside of staying in rural Ontario is the ridiculously low cost of homes, property and property taxes while the most serious downside is there are no opportunities (and expensive heating in some areas). It was a bleak feeling driving through these areas wondering, "why do people continue to live here?"

The worst is when a large number of people rely on a single manufacturing plant and that plant goes under or pulls out of the area, so there's a town that's grown dependant on that plant, can't survive without it, yet nobody leaves.


J E F F
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I think it is very hard for some to leave the towns they grew up in. Lots of memories, not wanting to head to a large city. Not wanting to take on much higher rent/mortgage.

Used to be that these communities could depend on the farmers to purchase a lot of their goods...

Things have changed.
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IamGimli

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reply to urbanriot
said by urbanriot:

The worst is when a large number of people rely on a single manufacturing plant and that plant goes under or pulls out of the area, so there's a town that's grown dependant on that plant, can't survive without it, yet nobody leaves.

You can't leave when you no longer have a source of income and the only thing that made anybody want to go to your community just closed.

A house isn't worth anything if there isn't someone willing to buy it.


donoreo
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said by J E F F:

I think it is very hard for some to leave the towns they grew up in.

This is very true. A friend of mine left town, but "never left". While going to university in Kingston with us, she never had a boyfriend at school, always at home (not the same one either, she would get new ones). She was home almost every weekend as well. She did eventually live in Toronto for a few years, still going home almost every weekend and had several boyfriends back home during the time, and moved back as soon as she could.

Myself, I do not want to live where I grew up. I also do not want to live in Toronto either, but I do.
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Gone
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said by donoreo:

This is very true. A friend of mine left town, but "never left". While going to university in Kingston with us, she never had a boyfriend at school, always at home (not the same one either, she would get new ones). She was home almost every weekend as well. She did eventually live in Toronto for a few years, still going home almost every weekend and had several boyfriends back home during the time, and moved back as soon as she could.

Sounds like my wife. Went to school in Hamilton but didn't enjoy one moment of it and immediately returned to Fort Erie the day she was done. She even finds St. Catharines to be the "big city" which still makes me laugh.

Her two sisters, on the other hand, went to school in London and never returned to Fort Erie for any extended period of time. They both now live in Ottawa.


urbanriot
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said by IamGimli:

said by urbanriot:

The worst is when a large number of people rely on a single manufacturing plant and that plant goes under or pulls out of the area, so there's a town that's grown dependant on that plant, can't survive without it, yet nobody leaves.

You can't leave when you no longer have a source of income and the only thing that made anybody want to go to your community just closed.

A house isn't worth anything if there isn't someone willing to buy it.

True. So what should our society do?

Back in the day, these areas that could no longer sustain themselves became ghost towns and the people moved on.

From Wikipedia:
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A ghost town is an abandoned village, town or city, usually one which contains substantial visible remains. A town often becomes a ghost town because the economic activity that supported it has failed, or...
People in our society are saying that we need to fund these areas and maintain their way of life... but for how long do we keep this up as this won't reactivate a dead area and these people are having children.