Communities

Native-owned financial institutions battle credit deserts
Native-owned financial institutions battle credit deserts
In rural areas without access to banking, tribal enterprises are helping fill gaps.
Can a California town move back from the sea?
Can a California town move back from the sea?
Imperial Beach considers the unthinkable: a retreat from nature.
Ed Marston, remembered
Ed Marston, remembered
Thoughts on HCN’s former publisher from people whose lives he impacted.
The valley around us is deep
The Forest Service asked William Stafford to write poems for the scenic turnouts along the river valley. Poems reprinted.
How Methow Valley grew an economy
Residents of Methow Valley build cross-country skiing to feed the economy.
Citizens held off big money for years
For 20 years environmentalists have fought developers in the Methow Valley.
Beauty eludes the beast
An unusual consensus may stave off development in Washington's Methow Valley.
A small town in Oregon gets ugly
Wise-use movement clashes with environmentalists in Joseph, Oregon.
Off campus: A sociologist tries to help Idaho's small towns
Sociologist Aaron Harp at the University of Idaho is skeptical about the land grants.
On campus: A department head tries to change the academic culture
University of Wyoming professor Glen Whipple believes the system can work.
A tale of two ag programs
Evergreen State offers full approach to diverse agriculture
Budget cutters whack at researchers
Scientists at land-grant colleges face budget cuts.
Between past and future
Washington State University finds it difficult to change when the funding is tight and people uncooperative.
Land-grant universities
The land-grant universities face change as the West changes.
Paved "paradise' for workers
Telluride, Colorado, workers can live in cars in a public parking lot, town council decides.
Reality intrudes on Big Rock Candy Mountain
Big Rock Candy Mountain is bankrupt.
Saved from subdivision
Letter-writing campaign stops development of privately owned land in a national forest.
The Southwest's writers are terrified liars
A writer argues that Southwestern writers refuse to tell the truth about the contemporary West.
Subdividing the desert: Should there be a vote?
Tucson activists fight development of the desert's ironwood forest.
The real bind is too many people everywhere
Former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm believes all growth problems in the West stem from overpopulation.
This boom will end like all the others - in a deep, deep bust
The history of small towns in the West has always been a cycle of booms and busts.
Towns angling for tourism should beware of the great white shark
Towns angling for tourism should beware of the great white shark
The growth of tourism can destroy both communities and landscapes.
To learn more: a list of sources
Brief reviews of books and other references for planners.
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