I live in a rural area and absolutely hate cities, too many people. I see the locals losing faith in the system, as it seems most of the money (per person) goes to the cities, or worse yet, going to corporations under the pretense of "good paying jobs", but the jobs usually pay crap.
I believe you are correct, Regan was evil. The biggest asset he had was speaking, and because of that he could sell lies. The trickle down economy, tax cuts for the well off, and defect spending.
As for big box stores, I know of no town that has ever benefited from having one (unless you are a shopaholic). If one is coming to your town, get ready for a poorer quality of live. Any profits leave that town and so drains the local economy. They pay a non-living wage so drain the locals for social services to make up for the piss poor pay. Then add the additional infrastructure costs to accommodate them. In most cases that cost is absorbed by the locals draining more money out of the community.