Perhaps the strongest indication that the United States is still in the midst of serious economic trouble is that paved roads, perhaps more American than apple pie and moms, are being allowed to revert to gravel, and, in some cases, being actively ground into gravel because the cost to repave is too high.
Theoretically, I like the idea of less pavement, but it makes life much more difficult for those who must rely on the now gravel roads. And it is not as if there are mass transit alternatives in the rural areas where this is happening. Perhaps we Americans need to acknowledge that vast swaths of the country should be depopulated and allowed to revert entirely to nature?
One will wonder if the return to gravel/dirt roads in rural areas will benefit certain species like Whip-poor-will and Common Nighthawk