Technology changes are making the mega-city areas more desirable. Is rural America going to be slowly boarded up?
Hu? I could live in Nowhere, Wyoming and, via Amazon Prime, get the exact same products at the same price and delivery speed as a guy in New York City.
I can, living at my semi-rural home, buy anything I need - and have it hand delivered to me. Why would I want to go to a city? What shopping is there that I can't get now?
A few years ago, for my wife's birthday, I had 50 gerber daisies shipped from central america, direct from the grower. (Surprisingly cheap, for the impact) I don't think a shop in my entire state could sell me those on short notice.
The Internet, and Amazon, has made living in rural settings more convenient and practical than ever.