How, and why, did people stop caring about this place?

How, and why, did people stop caring about this place?

note taken by Marshall Mayer on June 3, 2023 at 3:23 PM at 1st and Main Street, Marmarth, ND USA (map)

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Marshall Mayer
Marshall Mayer says:
Jun 15, 2023 02:56 PM
I've been through this town—US 12 is the 1st Street of Marmarth, ND—many times since the mid-1980s on the way to visit my folks. I love this place, at least the idea of it, and I found these views.

It's extraordinary how the rural Great Plains and Intermountain West, the land I know best, have been hollowed out in the last 50 years. And public policy has not addressed it. How, and why?

Certainly, authoritarians don't care (money is their only measure, they exploit rural America for their private profit). But do democrats?
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