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  • 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.

  • The paradox of the housing boom and bust

    The paradox of the housing boom and bust

    Outside Delta, Colo sits yet another rural subdivision that was never completed -- a sign of the West's housing bust and of the difficulty of regulating rural growth.

  • Energy succeeds where housing developers can't

    Energy succeeds where housing developers can't

    As the West's housing boom fades, natural resource extraction surges, and a defunct housing development on the east side of Colorado Springs, Colo., may soon face drilling by Ultra Petroleum.

  • What it took to win one small victory

    What it took to win one small victory

    The small community of Conway, Wash., successfully fought off a cell-phone tower, but paid a high price for victory.

  • To fight fire, fight forest development

    To fight fire, fight forest development

    The only way to bring firefighting costs under control is to discourage the stupid practice of building houses right next to fire-prone Western forests.

  • Heard Around the West

    Karen Claver delivers the mail in remote, rural northern Montana; The Duane B. Hagadone Heliport Blues; neighbor vs. neighbor over Arizona “pop-ups”; and New York’s famous Moondance Diner moves to Wyoming, blizzards and all.

  • Growth unfettered

    Arizonans are grappling with the consequences of Proposition 207, an anti-takings measure passed last fall.

  • 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.

  • Unpaved with good intentions

    A new breed of land trusts seeks not merely to preserve undeveloped landscape, but to keep it in agricultural use – particularly in organic farming.

  • 'I call (regulations) land stealing ...'

    Dorothy English weighs in on the pros – and cons – of Oregon’s Measure 37

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