Originally Posted by ngeso
Thats a great question. My thoughts:
In a post industrial society, it's no longer necessary for people to live in urban hubs. When the cities were the center of industry, that was fine. However, thats no longer the case. A services economy can have its workforce deployed anywhere within the country. Additionally, a de-urbanisation would enable people to go back to what they have done historically; work with and for their neighbors. Those non manufacturing related industries which thrive in the suburbs can easily do well even further out. Cobblers, electricians, mechanics, plumbers, carpenters and myriad other industries are not dependent upon urban environments to stay in existence.
As far as food is concerned; it is actually quite expensive to grow food far from where it is consumed and has lead to the growth of an agricultural industry that has gone away from nature and is dependent on science. The ramifications are genetically altered plants and animals, pollution of air and water, and overall poor quality. Many are beginning to realize the importance of local markets and organically produced food. Additionally, the transportation costs of bringing foods to cities add to the cost of goods sold.
As far as enforced poverty is concerned, it's critical to consider the demographics of neighborhoods within cities and compare that to the services provided (or not) within those same neighborhoods. In a highly segregated city, such as NYC, services provided to the minority dominant neighborhoods vary tremendously from those provided in wealthy and white neighborhoods. While this may be a function of lack of participation in the political process by the residents of some neighborhoods vs others it still keeps in place a system that ensures the perpetuation of poverty within certain neighborhoods (William Julius Wilson did some great research on this 25 years ago in his work The Truly Disadvantaged)
As for the charges against me, I am unconcerned. I am beyond their timid lying morality, and so I am beyond caring.