Most of us small town people can directly relate. I don’t have the answer, other than to move overseas, which simple exacerbates the issue. In Cuenca, Ecuador, I met a bunch of American ex-pats who complained bitterly about the town didn’t have. Well….wasn’t that the whole p0int? There goes Cuenca as they knew it. In no time they will be just as unhappy there as they were back in America. We carry our crap with us. And the natives?
They’re all bought out, and can’t afford to buy anything any more in many of the places we have moved to and changed to be more like home. You look at the history of colonization all over the world. The English policy for many years was to “make the world England.” They didn’t want to be England- as we sure as hell didn’t. We haven’t seemed to have learned that lesson.