Beamer wrote on Mar 1, 2017, 14:35:
This is beyond wrong-headed.
1) They're near cities because people are near cities. It's easier to find employees when many people are around. You won't find many qualified engineers in Peoria, but you'll find an abundance of them in Seattle and San Francisco
2) The work force doesn't *want* to be there. Assuming most highly skilled employees are already employed, it would be nearly impossible to convince many to move outside of a big city. Look at how many companies have been moving back to big cities, or opening satellite offices. Read any article about how the companies that moved outside of Chicago 30 years ago now struggle to get new hires to commute 1 hour to those places, because those new hires are unwilling to move outside of the big city
Agrarian society was so 19th century.