Publication Date

October 1989

Journal or Book Title

New England Journal of Public Policy


Owing to the departure of the mill industry from rural New England, many small towns have suffered erosion of their economic base. These towns and villages face a declining population, vacant mills, and an aging work force. Monroe, Massachusetts, is an example of the problems of rural reindustrialization. This article concludes that state intervention is required for the restoration of productivity.


This article is reprinted with permission from the New England Journal of Public Policy of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies. First printed in 1989.

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