Filling those wide-open spaces

Essay by Ed Quillen

Demography – May 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

SEVEN YEARS AGO I attended a conference in Denver, sponsored by the Center for the New West. It concerned a common topic: what’s happening to the Mountain West as our traditional extractive economy (mining, ranching, logging) fades away.

Someone said “urbanization” was a threat to our way of life in the hinterlands, and I took issue with that. I said it was “suburbanization” that looked like the bigger threat.

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