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The Wild West versus Gangs of New York

On a per capita basis, have urban areas always been more violent than rural areas? [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches on May 28, 2014 - 9 answers

That lonesome whistle blow.

Let's say you live somewhere in the rural or suburban United States. You hear distant train horns all the time. Where are you? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Mar 5, 2014 - 41 answers

I have a $33,000 dream. Plus or minus 10K.

I'd like to buy a home in a very cheap place that still has culture--local, regional, and national music. Museums, public attractions, parks. Bike friendly and/or walkable and/or good public transportation system. Great natural attractions nearby--hiking, rafting, kayaking, swimming, climbing, caving, hunting, fishing. Where is this possible? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Mar 4, 2014 - 44 answers

Cities that aren't cities, but have city things

Rural(ish) towns in the U.S. that have city(ish) things. Does this kind of place exist? [more inside]
posted by dede on Jul 19, 2013 - 64 answers

Driving in Appalachia (Eastern KY, WV), can you sanity check my route?

I'll be doing a bit of driving in Eastern Kentucky and into West Virginia. I've got the destinations, and have had Google cook up some routes, but I've seen routers make some pretty bad assumptions about back-woods roads. I'm on a fairly tight schedule, so the fewer surprises the better--I'd just as soon stick to major roads unless there's a guaranteed time savings. I'm coming from near Cincinnati to Betsy Layne, KY (near Pikeville) and going from there to Oak Hill, WV (near Beckley). [more inside]
posted by yuwtze on Jul 4, 2013 - 4 answers

I May Be Slow But I'm Not A Murderer

I drive slowly on our rural roads because of wildlife and people, but this makes other drivers impatient. Should I consider a bumper sticker to acknowledge and explain my behavior, or just try to deal with it? Note: speeding up like a 'normal person', and plowing through baby deer and kids learning to ride bikes, is not an option. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 1, 2013 - 56 answers

Solutions for 'renting' internet while in a remote location?

I will be renting a cabin in a remote area in the US (mountains outside of Asheville, NC) and need to have internet access from my laptop for one day. I looked at maps of coverage and it seems like only 1 local carrier has a nearby tower. What are my options? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Jun 20, 2013 - 8 answers

How much does Medicare pay for a room - just the room, overnight?

[USA filter] Even with the new disclosures I can't figure out how much Medicare pays for just a hospital or nursing home room - 24 hours. Just the room charge. [more inside]
posted by cda on May 13, 2013 - 6 answers

I need helping identifying the era of this photograph.

I was given some photographs of old relatives that were found in a box in my great-grandfather's house after he passed away. All but one photo is someone I can identify. I have no information on that one photo, which is of an old woman standing on a path in front of a farmhouse. I'd like to at least get an idea of the era so I can begin narrowing down the identify of the woman. [more inside]
posted by lbo on Mar 13, 2013 - 17 answers

Rural photography recommendations?

When living in the city I had no problem finding photographers to look to for new ways of seeing that particular environment. Now that I live in a fairly rural area, I'm looking for recommendations of photographers—particularly contemporary ones—who have an interesting take on rural or wilderness photography. I'm specifically not looking for landscape/wildlife photography of the long-lens-ken-rockwell variety, but other than that anything goes. A couple things that come to mind as examples are Lee Friedlander's New Mexico stuff or Stephen Shore's lonely dirt roads (although iconic 50s gas stations are in short supply on the Gulf Islands.)
posted by Lorin on Mar 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Find the Mystery Halloween House

A few years ago (at least 3 years but probably 5 or more), I was driving with my mom and we saw the extremely decorated house in these pictures: [more inside]
posted by jaimystery on Jan 16, 2013 - 7 answers

She thought her period was because she ate strawberries

I've been trying to find a book I read as a kid, way back in the mid-to-late-seventies. My memories are sketchy, but this is what I've got: About a girl growing up in a small community, maybe in the mountains, or maybe just very rural. She had an extended family which included two unmarried aunts and a grandfather. It took place over a summer. She thought her first period was the result of eating a large amount of strawberries. It was written in first-person perspective, I think. [more inside]
posted by Brody's chum on Jan 15, 2013 - 2 answers

Everyday Life Everywhere?

What are some good sources - blogs or books - for learning what everyday life is like in different parts of the world? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jan 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Are there good crime novels set on farms or based around agriculture?

I was wondering if there are good examples of crime novels set on farms or based around agriculture. Novels like In True Blood, or Gillian Flynn's Dark Places or the new Image Comics series Revival. I'm interested in discovering if there's more crime fiction not set in cities, but more rural and based around farming.
posted by Peemster on Jan 14, 2013 - 29 answers

Rural Living Along The Border

Two City-Slickers Moving To A Rural US-Mexico Border Town. What Should We Expect? [more inside]
posted by Spurious on Jan 6, 2013 - 29 answers

Doomed with Rural Internet?

I am moving to the Tri-Cities in Washington State next month, to a scenic, quasi-rural part of the area. While the Tri-Cities have fast Internet, my specific address is a bit out of the way, and it looks like Frontier Communications might be my only DSL option out there. They do have a 25 Mb plan, but the reviews are not great. It's less important for fun, but I need fast Internet for my work. Am I screwed? How can I get the best Internet speed and reliability in this scenario?
posted by Atrahasis on Dec 19, 2012 - 2 answers

dsl modem/router choices

I'm looking for advice on a dsl modem/router thingy and rural connectivity... [more inside]
posted by Red Loop on Nov 11, 2012 - 2 answers

Google Fiber is only a scant 45 miles away. Jerks.

How do I find a high speed internet provider to install a line in a rural area? [more inside]
posted by annathea on Sep 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Looking for suggestions for middle-class to upper-middle-class rural areas around the Bay Area.

I'm looking for suggestions for middle-class to upper-middle-class rural areas around the Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2012 - 12 answers

satillite internet speed

How can someone who is a average computer user boost the satellite internet speed in rural area? [more inside]
posted by ConnieL on Apr 9, 2012 - 11 answers

How do I survive the city?

Moving to a big, foreign city from a very small American town- what skills or situations should a country lady be aware of? In other words, how do I not die and/or not go crazy from the people? So. Many. People. [more inside]
posted by Bibliogeek on Apr 3, 2012 - 30 answers

Barbed wire just isn't enough.

What is the cheapest way to build a lot of wall or fence to keep predators at bay? [more inside]
posted by ThisKindNepenthe on Feb 22, 2012 - 11 answers

Tips for living alone in a rural cabin for ~6 months?

I'm moving into a cabin (not too rustic, but pretty rural) in the woods for at least six months to live on my own. I'm looking for general living tips as well as advice on what to do if/when I get lonely. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Oct 3, 2011 - 45 answers

Escaping NYC for a Few Months

My girlfriend and I are considering moving for a fairly short period (probably 3-6 months) from our expensive NYC apartment to an inexpensive, secluded house somewhere in the Northeast (upstate NY, Vermont, etc.) We would like advice on where/how to do this. [more inside]
posted by Dr. Fetish on Aug 31, 2011 - 16 answers

Help, help, I'm being repressed! Well, maybe.

Over the last week I have been unable to connect to any websites on the senate.gov domain. [more inside]
posted by terrapin on Aug 11, 2011 - 15 answers

The care and feeding of boyfriends (in rural Japan)

My boyfriend is coming to visit me in Japan. Yay! Help me help him not die of isolation, culture shock and boredom. [more inside]
posted by sunset in snow country on Aug 8, 2011 - 11 answers

tell me where to live!

Where is northern BC should I spend a month? [more inside]
posted by ouchitburns on Jul 17, 2011 - 9 answers

What jobs could I get in a rural/remote setting?

Leaving the big bad city *for good*: with my set of professional skills, what jobs could I undertake from home, if I were to move to a very rural setting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 26, 2011 - 4 answers

Coppicing in America

Where, in America (or Southern Canada), can I attend workshops to learn about British hurdle-making, traditional fence-making, and other coppice crafts? Preferably, in the Midwest, but anywhere East of the Rockies would be considered.
posted by Chrischris on May 10, 2011 - 1 answer

Rural living close to the big city?

Is it possible to live in a green/rural area while commuting to downtown Portland? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on May 7, 2011 - 14 answers

Why are the farmers tilling so early?

Why, in the middle of winter (now, in Central MI), would a farmer plow under only a strip of land in the middle of his (previously harvested but un-tilled) field? [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on Mar 4, 2011 - 17 answers

Last Second President's Day Long Weekend Trip - NYC area

Last minute long weekend holiday getaway, Doable? Advice needed on taking a belated Valentines long weekend with my sweetie. We're in NYC and would prefer to drive. (Or take a train if the place is really acessable). A very nice hotel in the country would be great, we don't need a bunch of outside entertainment - beautiful scenery a plus. We're looking to leave late Thursday or early Friday and return early/mid-Monday. [more inside]
posted by Great Swell on Feb 14, 2011 - 4 answers

Around the electronic shag-carpet campfire.

Please recommend articles/books/etc. which talk about broadcast media and American suburbia in the 1970s and 1980s. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jan 27, 2011 - 2 answers

Should I stay or should I go??

25 year old single female (kinda) city mouse might go country mouse. How well advised is this move?? I would like to hear from people that have done this and loved it or hated it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 29, 2010 - 28 answers

Ouagadougou or Bust.

One week in Africa: Benin, Ghana, or Burkina Faso? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Nov 24, 2010 - 13 answers

Help me talk to Mamma Grizzly and Joe the Plumber.

What, if anything, is suddenly missing from the daily lives of rural, conservative Americans? How can I better understand the Tea Partier's point of view? [more inside]
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot on Nov 15, 2010 - 49 answers

How Do Cities Vote?

Where do you find American electoral data by city? [more inside]
posted by gum on Sep 14, 2010 - 10 answers

City Mouse needs to chill

Help me relax and enjoy a long weekend in the country. The lonely, no cell signal, no internet country... [more inside]
posted by pointystick on Aug 16, 2010 - 21 answers

I promise not to unlesh demons and or virii

Going' To A Cabin In Maine For A Week -Filter: So it looks like I'm spending a week in Palermo, ME at a friend's cabin by the lake. What did you wish you did during your rustic cabin adventure? What did you wish you brought? Tips for surviving or enjoying? Fun stuff to see in the area or places or food that can't be missed? Fun things to do with your SO along? We'll have a bike, a car, running water and some limited internet access. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Aug 10, 2010 - 28 answers

Life in 19th c. rural Scotland?

Life in 19th century rural Scotland - tell me more about the "home farm". [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman on Aug 2, 2010 - 4 answers

How can I find geek friends in a small, rural town?

My wife and I moved small, rural town of 10,000 about a year ago. I've yet to meet a single local geek. Tell me how to meet them! [more inside]
posted by petehern on Jun 4, 2010 - 22 answers

Will I still be able to see films on film if I move to the country?

How hard is it to see a movie in a movie theater in rural areas? Is the experience significantly different from seeing a movie in a theater in a city? [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on May 15, 2010 - 58 answers

How to get high speed internet in rural Kansas (Williamsburg area)?

How to get high speed internet (besides satellite) in rural Kansas (Williamsburg area)? [more inside]
posted by idyllhands on Jan 16, 2010 - 10 answers

Therapy for the Uninsured and Rural

I have occasional depression. I live in a rural area. How do I find treatment without health insurance? Or are there alternative methods besides one-on-one counselling? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2010 - 15 answers

How to help rural hometown friends survive in this economy?

What's the best way to help my rural hometown friends survive in this economy? [more inside]
posted by ElfWord on Dec 27, 2009 - 31 answers

Parvovirus: odds of a puppy getting it?

I understand the danger parvovirus poses to puppies, but what are the odds of a puppy contracting the disease in the US (specifically Alameda County, California)? [more inside]
posted by zippy on Sep 1, 2009 - 10 answers

Help find Wendell Berry writing about urban biases toward rural America

I am looking for an essay by Wendell Berry where he talks about urban America's dismissive biases toward rural America, and critiques this attitude. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on Aug 7, 2009 - 7 answers

Looking for rural blogging

I'm looking for pretty/ interesting blogs about homesteading and living in rural areas [more inside]
posted by Sijeka on Feb 4, 2009 - 19 answers

Want to move to rural location

Resources for determining a rural location to move to within the U.S. [more inside]
posted by DerekTheGeek on Jan 9, 2009 - 21 answers

Shocking! True! Stories!

Please point me towards true stories of small-town corruption. [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Dec 31, 2008 - 32 answers

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