In the article “Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide in Massachusetts,” Lawrence S. DiCara and Matt Waskiewicz argue that looking at the economic well-being of regions can help to decrease inequality. Their study focused on Boston and its surroundings; however, it has broader applicability to any part of the country with suburban and rural areas that provide the workforce for urban areas, or that otherwise support the economy of urban areas.
The authors describe their perspective as a “framework for urban-rural mutualism,” which means that the health of an entire region depends on the economic viability of all areas that serve and are served by that region.
To address regional economic inequality, DiCara and Waskiewicz propose investing in health, building more housing and more affordable housing, and reforming transit systems. In addition, they advocate that urban areas purchase goods and services produced in the region before reaching out to other parts of the country or the globe.