Rural communities in America

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Dangerous by design here's why?

Dangerous by design – slow economic growth, fails to promote creativity and innovation, fails to improve access to health care and fails in education, and fails to equitiable in expanding outdoor recreational activities. What good is failing?

These problems are nothing new and rural transportation is just a tiny piece of this disastrous puzzle. Rural communities are the foundation of the American society, but gets least attention, in part. Like in Africa, the rich gets richer and the poor just keeps getting poorer. Why would we want to be so self-defeating and destructive?

Decades of long neglect for safety and security by design is exacting a heavy toll on American lives.

Just on American streets, in the last decade, from 2000 through 2009, more than 47,700 pedestrians were killed in the United States. On top of that, more than 688,000 pedestrians were injured over the decade.

Despite the magnitude of these avoidable tragedies, little public attention – and even less in public resources – has been committed to reducing deaths and injuries in the United States. On the contrary, transportation agencies typically prioritize speeding traffic over the safety of people on foot or other vulnerable road users.

More than 1.6 million rural households in America lack access to a personal vehicle, and rural areas and small towns tend to have higher concentrations of older adults and low-income families, precisely the groups that are less likely to drive or be able to afford a car. The need for increased travel options in these communities was outlined in a Dangerous by Design 2011 report, which found that while only 24 percent of Americans live in rural areas, the areas account for more than 27 percent of pedestrian fatalities.

The greatest issue in rural communities is The Big Fish Eat The Little Fish. It’s a back-woods good ole boy mentality and network that works to keep the next man down. That’s why so much of our talent abandoned small rural communities for a better chance at success. We are actually driving our women, children and minorities away and it's all by our Design. Amongst other things, we're starving them out! Where better chance for success than your own home?

The Federal Government has an important role to play in order to expand access to the capital necessary for economic growth, promote innovation, improve access to health care and education, and expand outdoor recreational activities on public lands.

Though rural communities face numerous challenges, they also present enormous economic potential. I know this is the best plan for taking advantage of that potential.

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