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    I grew up in a house that was an "extension" to one main road to the city. The road was paved from the city outward, until you reached the Town Line, or something, then it was all dirt. It would get graded with machines, evened out a bit, oiled down sometimes.

    The road past my house was paved after I left for college. Cars which had taken it easy in the past now race down the street like it's a major highway. The rises block the visibility of several driveways; you never know how fast something may come barreling toward you as you exit the driveway.

    In a very poor rust belt town I know, cops look the other way as some old-timer rides his 4-wheeler to the grocery store. It's too far for him to walk with packages, and gas is too expensive to keep a car up and running.

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