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Rural Areas: 'Prepare for Influx'

Macomb, IL – The head of the new Institute for Environmental Studies at WIU says people fleeing urban sprawl and blight are about to begin moving to rural areas. William Doe says planners must have regulations in place so small towns and rural areas can plan for ecologically sustainable development. Doe says construction must be guided away from flood plains and other ecologically sensitive areas. In addition, he says planners must consider density, transportation and other factors. Doe says rural areas must have regulations in place before a heavy migration to the country. If this is not done, he says the people coming in will re-create the problems they fled in the city.