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  • 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.

  • Land trusts thrive despite, and because of, the Great Recession

    Land trusts thrive despite, and because of, the Great Recession

    The recession has afforded a unique opportunity for land trusts to protect more of the West’s private open land through direct acquisitions and, increasingly, conservation easements.

  • Have golf's glory days gone by?

    Golf – the game that brought grass to the desert – appears to have hit a rough patch in the West

  • The Southwest's population and housing booms bite the dust

    The Southwest's population and housing booms bite the dust

    As the West's population and real estate boom stumble to a halt, the once fast-growing Southwest is filled with foreclosed homes and undeveloped lots.

  • 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

  • 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

  • The rural West's pragmatic booster

    Economist and demographer Larry Swanson wants to help rural Western communities find a way to survive

  • 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.

  • 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.

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