Also: How Boston got its “T,” and remembering the “mother of all pandemics.”
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Mythbusting: The urban-rural divide is a defining trope in American culture today, with the common refrain that cities are thriving and rural areas are in decline. But it’s more complicated than that: The divide is more of a spectrum that ranges from urbanized metropolitan counties to remote rural ones, and the economic fortunes of a place aren’t strictly tied to where it falls on that line.
Today on CityLab, Richard Florida kicks off a series that explores the myths and realities of urban and rural life in America. In the coming weeks, he’ll unpack what’s happening with jobs, wages, college grads, and the creative class across the urban-rural continuum. We start with population—and as it turns out, there’s more growth in some rural areas than you might expect.
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Even after Hurricane Florence dissipated over the Carolinas, the historic dump of rain has left many highways looking more like waterways. Huge swaths of Interstate 40 and Interstate 95 remain inaccessible by vehicle, with roads facing flood levels well beyond what they were designed to withstand. CityLab’s Karim Doumar rounded up photos of the waterlogged highways in the region, and explains why it could still be some time before the roads are passable.
Also: The Washington Post has a harrowing story of a mother who lost her 1-year-old son driving through North Carolina after the storm.
What We’re Reading
In flood-hit public housing, a reminder that the poor bear the brunt of storms’ fury (New York Times)
Portland explores legalizing more housing options (Sightline)
The #MeToo movement hits McDonald’s (New Republic)
Man caught shaving on train in viral video says don’t judge (AP)
Reading the New South (New York Times)