Poor people, new streets.

Recently, a grant of over $500,000 was awarded to a poor community in a poor state for repaving of streets.  The town has less than 500 residents, and is losing population. Median household income is less than half that of the state average.  Economic and health statistics are deplorable.

I did the math. That’s over a $1,000 per person.  Then I did the wondering.  Could a half million dollars be spent on something better for the people of the little town that has so many socio-economic problems?  Is this how the community would spend the money?  If another half million was available how would it be spent?

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