Communities

The threat to Colorado’s acequias and the communities that depend on them
The threat to Colorado’s acequias and the communities that depend on them
In the San Luis Valley, the communal and egalitarian resource offers a way of life.
The hunt for critical minerals in Colorado raises critical questions
The hunt for critical minerals in Colorado raises critical questions
When Earth MRI began surveying, residents grew concerned about the prospect of mining.
Alaska Native villages band together to keep the Yukon River’s wild salmon afloat
Alaska Native villages band together to keep the Yukon River’s wild salmon afloat
‘As a unified voice, we are unstoppable — and we can manage the river better.’
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.
How to get involved and push the process
A well-thought-out strategy will help planners succeed.
'Wise use' plans abhor change
Wise-use groups resist any attempt to restrict land use.
Rural residents defy Washington law
Some wise-use landowners in Washington are so upset by planning that they're talking about secession.
Some state governments try planning from top down
Oregon's 21-year-old land-use law survives challenges but Colorado fails to follow its lead.
When planning plays catch-up
A recent real estate boom tempers one Colorado town's enthusiasm for growth.
Golf course splits ranch family
A Colorado family splits over the decision to sell off their ranch to a golf course developer.
Boulder's ingenuity has a few drawbacks
Boulder's innovative land use and planning have spawned a few problems of their own.
A soft-paths approach to land conservation
One approach to land use is to create private, nonprofit land trusts.
A toolbox to shape the future
Planning tools used in the West vary greatly from community to community.
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