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Thursday, September 02, 2004

The poor get poorer

Fortune magazine has a sad article about how Greyhound is dropping bus service to 268 locations in 17 western states, leaving many people who can't drive, or can't afford to, stranded. They'll be forced to choose between abandoning visits to family, friends, and even doctors, or moving to a bigger city, probably leaving behind a house that's paid for and moving into a smaller, expensive apartment. Greyhound will benefit, because the routes weren't paying. Car companies will benefit, since some Greyhound riders will have to get a car now. Big agribusinesses will benefit, since some family farms will probably go up for sale for a song. Big oil and the Saudis will benefit. The rich will get richer, and the poor poorer.

The NY Times had an article last December about the poorest counties in the nation. Surpisingly, to me anyway, seven of the twelve poorest counties are in Nebraska. And things just got worse. The picture below of York, Nebraska, one of the towns losing Greyhound service, is from Fortune's moving slide show that accompanies the article.