New Geographies of the American West Land Use and the Changing Patterns of Place

ISBN-10: 1597260711
ISBN-13: 9781597260718
Edition: 2nd 2007
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List price: $35.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 5/11/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Reconciling explosive growth with often majestic landscape definesNew Geographies of the American West. Geographer William Travis examines contemporary land use changes and development patterns from thenbsp;Mississippi to the Pacific, and assesses the ecological and social outcomes of Western development. nbsp; Unlike previous "boom"periods dependent on oil or gold, the modern population explosion in the West reflects a sustained passion for living in this specific landscape. But the encroaching exurbs, ranchettes, and ski resorts are slicing away at the very environment that Westerners cherish. nbsp; Efforts to manage growth in the West are usually stymied at the state and local levels. Is it possible to improve development patterns within the West's traditional anti-planning, pro-growth milieu, or is a new model needed? Can the region develop sustainably, protecting and managing its defining wildness, while benefiting from it, too? Travis takes up the challenge , suggesting that functional and attractive settlement can be embedded in preserved lands, working landscapes, and healthy ecologies.

William Riebsame Travis, Ph.D., Clark, 1981, is associate professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His work focuses on natural resources management, culture and landscapes of the American West, public lands, and the evolution of governing approaches to western land and resources. He has a long-term research interest in how groups, like ranchers, construct notions of landscapes and resources.

Introduction : building a better mountain?
Understanding growth, development, and the changing American West
The long boom of Western development
Development geographies of the new West
Footprints of development
Making sense of the West's development landscapes
The metro-zones : shining cities at the foot of the mountains
Beyond the suburban frontier : the West's exurbs
Resort geographies : building a better mountain?
The gentrified range : new owners of the purple sage
Shaping the future geographies of the American West
Understanding the challenge of land use planning
Planning a new West : strategies for creating more desirable land use patterns

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