Category Archives: Economy

America’s highest altitude commercial passenger airports

The following list identifies the loftiest airports in the United States with current commercial passenger air service. Eight (8) states are represented on the list – none located east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Colorado leads the … Continue reading

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Observation towers as economic & tourism development tools

While preparing my recent post on North American observation towers, an intriguing trend was noticed across the Midwest and Great Plains. There, where topographic changes can often quite subtle, observation towers appear to have become an economic development and/or tourism … Continue reading

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Three stages of becoming an important logistics hub

With “just-in-time” supply chains and distribution networks, as well as ever-increasing digital sales, efficient logistics networks have become vitally important to the business community. In that same vein, this modern distribution paradigm has led to the establishment of enormous logistics … Continue reading

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Soviet-era and Russian Monotowns

In Russia, cities and towns whose economy and existence are largely tied to a single, dominating industry are referred as “Monotowns,”¬†which is short for Monofunctional Towns (or Cities). These are basically their equivalent to the Western terminology of “Company Towns.”¬†Most … Continue reading

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A rich collection of coin-minting cities

  The following list identifies those cities around the globe that are or were home to publicly owned and/or overseen mints that produce coinage for the government. Only those mints producing coins since approximately 800 AD are included. If known, … Continue reading

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American core cities that escaped freeway devastation

The following list identifies those core cities in the United States that have not been devastated by freeway construction (to date), and particularly during the interstate highway building-boom of the 1950s-1970s. While many of America’s “then largest” cities saw downtown … Continue reading

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Should Struggling Cities Be Renamed?

Everyone loves a good comeback story like is currently happening in Detroit. However,there are some cities that have languished in a depressed economic state for so long (some for 100 years), that their very name can evoke a negative impression. … Continue reading

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A Sad Place Where Mass Incarceration Thrives

While there are many famous prisons and penitentiaries in the United States including Leavenworth in Kansas, Sing-Sing in New York State, Alcatraz in California, and Huntsville in Texas, there is one county that contains so many prisons, it can rightfully … Continue reading

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The Great ‘Reverse’ Migration May Be Disastrous for Many Northern Cities and States

Between 1916 and 1970, more than six million African-Americans migrated northward to work in factories and live in cities across the Northeast and Midwest. Today, there is mounting evidence that this great migration has reversed itself, as those who can … Continue reading

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Driving and striving to survive a broken ‘Merica

I will never, ever look at a recreational vehicle, van, motor home, or campground the same way again. Not since reading Jessica Bruder’s engrossing, informative, and heartbreaking new book entitled Nomadland. I have long imagined, envied, and eagerly anticipated my … Continue reading

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