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  • You say you want a railvolution...

    Westerners may love their cars, but the region’s rapid growth means that even the most ardent car-lovers have a stake in mass transit, and in Denver’s grand experiment in light rail

  • A new measure of poverty shifts rankings in the West

    A new measure of poverty shifts rankings in the West

    When determining who is poor, the Census Bureau takes geography into account in its Supplemental Poverty Measure.

  • Unfinished zombie housing developments haunt the rural West

    Unfinished zombie housing developments haunt the rural West

    Lack of planning rules and the housing bubble led to dead subdivisions plaguing the West, especially in Teton County, Idaho, where locals are trying to deal with the impacts of the real estate bust, yet still arguing if planning even works.

  • A more colorful future awaits Nebraska

    A more colorful future awaits Nebraska

    As the Latino population of Nebraska grows, some locals worry, while others rejoice in the state's increasing diversity.

  • The difficulties of cohabitation

    Despite its problems and failures – many of them arising from the conflict between the United States’ growing population and our declining wildlife habitat – the Endangered Species Act is a necessary law

  • Man Camp

    In Western Colorado, where the energy boom is stretching the resources – and social fabric – of local communities, some companies have turned to portable dormitories to ease the housing crunch.

  • Window Shopping: Part-Time Paradise

    Aspen, Colo., and other mountain resort towns burst with wealthy baby boomers' second, third and even fourth homes. But for much of the year those houses sit empty, and the towns are turning hollow

  • California, here we come

    California has a lot to teach the Interior West – particularly about clean energy and water conservation

  • The Perpetual Growth Machine

    Phoenix, Ariz., is determined to disprove the idea that the West will someday run out of water and that every boom has to come to an end

  • Adapt or collapse

    In his book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, Jared Diamond warns about societies that overreach themselves – a warning that southern Arizona, in the midst of its tremendous real estate boom, ought to heed

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