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The urban-rural divide in Pa. and beyond is vastly overstated — and doing real harm, new book says

by Spotlight PA Staff |

A view of Hollidaysburg in Blair County, Pennsylvania.
Georgianna Sutherland / For Spotlight PA

The urban-rural divide in Pennsylvania and across the United States is vastly overstated and not supported by the values and experiences of people who live in both places, according to a new book.

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Raised in Danville and an alumna of Carnegie Mellon University, Currid-Halkett argues the struggle of Appalachia has been wrongly applied to everyone in America’s heartland, when in fact many areas are thriving. The idea of rural crisis, she says, is fueled by academics, politicians, and the media.

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