Geography

Defining Rust Belt Urbanism

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Here’s one representation of the Rust Belt. However, just like with definitions of the Midwest overall, people usually identify where they live in the region as the center of it.  read more »

Digital Divide: Bridging the Urban-Rural Connectivity Gap

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If you live in an urban area, you may mistakenly believe that everyone has access to reliable Wi-Fi, personal computers, and cellular networks. However, millions of rural Americans live without these increasingly essential amenities.  read more »

NYU in Oklahoma? What a Great Idea

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When I heard that New York University (NYU) was creating a new campus not in some global capital but in Oklahoma—the fairly conservative west-south-central region of the United States—I was shocked, but also thrilled.  read more »

Hong Kong 2021 Census: The Evolving Urban Form

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According to the 2021 census, Hong Kong grew from a population of 7.337 million in 2016 to 7.413 million. This article describes the population and population densities of Hong Kong and its major areas.  read more »

As Antisemitism Surges on the Left Jews are Pushed to the Right

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In the ever-shrinking world of the Jewish diaspora, Canada, along with Australia and the United States, hosts a most vital and comparatively healthy community.  read more »

Knowledge-intensive Jobs Move to Eastern and Western Parts of Europe

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Preface: Europe is becoming more integrated – not only in terms of its defence policy but also through the spread of knowledge intensive jobs. The trend shows that a shift is underway and that brain business jobs are increasingly found in the Eastern and Southern parts of Europe. The study finds that the nations with the highest growth rates all seem to have relatively low tax rates, while high tax countries are stagnating.  read more »

Adaption Is The Answer

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The world is careening toward a climate crisis, and by that we do not mean nasty weather or impending human extinction. The real challenge lies in adapting to a changing climate without undermining an already stressed global order  read more »

The Future of Appalachia

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Appalachia has been a byword for American underdevelopment and dysfunction for over a century.

The region has been the target of many government actions over decades attempting to improve its performance. While some of these have produced results, the region remains an underperformer relative to the rest of the country.  read more »

Land-use Law Kills More Than 100 People in Maui

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At the latest count, more than 100 people died in the Maui fire that also burned most of the town of Lahaina.  read more »

The Luckiest Country

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“There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children, and the United States of America.” ~ Otto Van Bismarck  read more »