Contrast this to city poor, where there is at least always the hope of personal and professional improvement. The buildings get bigger. The jobs and career-paths are endless and always evolving.
What I Have Learned From Photographing 400 Towns in Iowa
Cody Weber

I think this is just an incidental inclusion — a sort of irony — of the competitive sentiment around misfortune. Because we look out and imagine that everyone else has it better, but really it’s speculative to say that the city poor are better off, that they have hope. There are different contexts. In the city, there is a different violence. In the city, there are different predators and risks. In the city… in the country… we are factionalizing unnecessarily

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