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  • Saving open land — a taxing problem

    In Missoula, Mont., and other Western communities, activists search for the winning formula to pass new open-space bonds in November

  • You ain’t from around here, are you?

    In Brave New West: Morphing Moab at the Speed of Greed, Jim Stiles rips into the amenity-oriented tourist economy that has transformed his once-beloved Moab, but he offers little in the way of useful alternatives.

  • 'The environment ... is where we live'

    'The environment ... is where we live'

    A group of determined activists in Mountain View, N.M., fights for environmental justice in a poor and polluted neighborhood.

  • Nobody likes regulation, but look where we’re moving

    Tom Arrandale says Americans are getting sick and tired of paying to save houses from forest fires when those houses are built – and rebuilt – right next to forests in fire-prone areas.

  • A smart-growth bulldog

    In the city of Albuquerque, underdog candidate Eric Griego, a critic of sprawl, challenges incumbent Mayor Marty Chavez, a pro-growth booster

  • The wages of sprawl

    A new documentary, Making Sense of Place: Phoenix, the Urban Desert, uses the Arizona megalopolis to show what happens when urban sprawl is unchecked

  • Wal-Mart’s Manifest Destiny

    Wal-Mart wants to build more giant Supercenter stores in the West, but communities like Inglewood, Calif., are starting to take a stand against the world’s largest company

  • Big development gets bought out

    California buys the controversial Ahmanson Ranch, north of Los Angeles, and agrees to preserve it as open space

  • Behind the scenes, pressure and doubt

    Two former Fish and Wildlife Service biologists had early doubts about San Diego’s Multiple Species Conservation Program, criticizing the limits of the program’s science and its inability to protect a population of endangered willowy monardella

  • Amid smoke and sprawl, some success

    It’s too early to know the impact wildfires have had on the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge and the Crestridge wildlife preserve, two of the successes of the Multiple Species Conservation Program

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