Natural amenities, “the creative class” and economic success

This map got my attention because of the disproportionate amount of “green” in the rural intermountain west.  In this case it means counties have a disproportionately high number of employees in jobs like management, finance, technology, engineering, science, sales, entertainment and non-primary education (and of course lawyering). “The creative-class thesis holds that communities that attract …

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“Walkable” communities driving Western mountain housing market

Travis’s post reminds me of this story in the Denver Post business section a few weeks ago, which was deep in my pile of “to be posted.” Here’s the link to the Post story. Here’s an excerpt: BUENA VISTA — Homes within walking distance to shops and restaurants are forecast to drive the housing markets …

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Bob Berwyn on the Hausberg- Building Regional Identity

Great post by Bob Berwyn on the idea of Hausberg or ski commons in the Summit County Citizens Voice here. Why does it all matter? Skiing is a sport that forges community, cutting across political lines and ethnic distinctions and ideological boundaries. That’s important for the American West, a region that has long been managed …

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