I question this article. First, the author makes it clear that he wants to treat cities and rural areas differently. That makes sense in so far as they are different areas with different needs. Yet, these devolution impulses would necessarily create even greater differences in urban and rural America. Perhaps the solution is sonewhere in between? It isn’t the nation or locality that is obsolete, but the American jurisdiction known as the state that needs to be rebalanced with urban and rural rebalancing. That rebalancing would include urban areas and rural areas together in a way that maximizes regional economies. Remember, a city is more than just the downtown core.