What does it mean to be Rural?
ABCD and Rural Communities
wow! You have a lot here, Derek. Just skimming through this, one thing popped out at me. I actually felt like I had more privacy (and isolation) when I lived in the city, compared to the very rural area I live in now. I feel like people know a lot more about me now, pay more attention to what I'm doing, share info about me (gossip?) now that I live in a rural area. We have a joke in our family... when we drive around here, we don't need to use turn signals... why? because everyone already knows where I'm going!
Seriously, in the city, we had some great people in our neighborhood but it was really easy to disconnect from people. Here in our rural community, the typical greeting when we first moved here was "Now who are you and whose house do you live in?" People would stop and ask you that even at the grocery store.
One other thought.... I see so many rural areas (including ours) increasingly moving away from farming due to the mega farms that are moving in and focusing more on tourism - people visiting from the cities and "getting away from it all" for a week or a weekend. Have other folks seen that as well?
PS We definitely live in a rural area and we are a town (of 700 people), not a hamlet or a village. I wonder how those are defined and who decides....