The topic was raised in another post and it is one I have encountered many times. I like rural areas. A love small cities (under 50,000) that are not someone else's suburb. Small town life, etc. But does our profession have a bias toward the big?
Do the professional journals tend to cover big city isses more than little city or rural issues?
How often do you see articles featuring small towns and rural areas in magazines such as Planning or Urban Land?
Are the techniques and tools of planning/economic development designed for larger cities and urban areas more than small communities?
For example, Wisconsin has a model TND ordinance that was created after a law was passed requiring all cities over 12,000 in population to have such an ordinance. The problem is that it does not consider the reality of small markets. It requires the TND district to have a commercial area. In most cases, the market could not support it, and often, the development would already be within walking distance of the existing downtown.
Do our college and university courses overwhelmingly teach with urban area emphases?
I can remember very little discussion of rural issues.