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  • Surprise!

    Surprise!

    Surprise, Ariz., exemplifies the Arizona real estate collapse along with what many see as the rise and fall of the car-dependent Western exurb.

  • Busted in Rio Blanco

    Busted in Rio Blanco

    Rio Blanco County, Colo., which was just recently buzzing with oil and gas development, now faces an unexpected slowdown as the national economy tanks.

  • The Growth Machine is Broken

    The Growth Machine is Broken

    Phoenix land-use planners want to use a chunk of state trust land as a laboratory for future, more sustainable real estate development.

  • Consider slaughterhouses for unwanted wild horses

    Consider slaughterhouses for unwanted wild horses

    With so many unwanted horses abandoned to starve these days, it’s time to reconsider slaughterhouses.

  • The end of exurbia: An interview with James Howard Kunstler

    James Howard Kunstler talks about the end of oil, and how the West’s exurbs will expire when the automobile does

  • The big bonfire

    The big bonfire

    The economy is stuck in a ditch, but on climate change the U.S. is finally moving in the right direction.

  • And you think times are tough

    And you think times are tough

    The articles in old American Heritage magazines remind us that life in the West used to be a whole lot harder than it is.

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