“Small towns can survive and thrive.”
The mayor didn’t exactly say that, but the feeling was obviously in his heart, and he’s doing his part to create a reality.
Philosophies have been for a rural community to live, there must be a school, and a grocery store. Apparently that is true, as just simple computation reveals first the grocery closes, consolidation takes schools, and within short time, bulk of the business district is boarded up. Sad story in a growing number of small towns.