A new book looks into the history of the transcontinental railroads and how the corrupt connection between politics and business helped spread the American economy to the West.
Jul 14, 2011 NPR
Projections of water shortages and predicted changes in the climate mean bad news for water users in the American West.
May 18, 2011 Miller-McCune
25 years after the publication of Cadillac Desert, scientists have scrutinized the predictions of the hallmark history of water in the Western U.S. and find that its dire warnings are not far off.
May 12, 2011 Miller-McCune
<em>High Country News</em> offers a look at the Western U.S., based on recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau, using a mapping tool from <em>The New York Times</em>.
Dec 24, 2010 High Country News
Despite geologic barriers and in the face of scientific advice, huge infrastructure projects of the 20th century brought water to the arid Southwest and fueled the growth of a megaregion. But now that era of infrastructure-enabled growth is over, leaving planners, developers and policymakers looking for new ways to sustain growth and rising demand amid diminishing resources. Exclusive
Dec 14, 2009 By
Officials in New Mexico, Colorado and Texas are pooling efforts to try to secure federal funding for a high speed rail link between their urban areas.
Jul 13, 2009 The Houston Chronicle
The myth of the American West as a wild, natural place is long gone, says urban studies professor Carl Abbott. The Western U.S. is actually the most urban part of the nation.
Oct 24, 2008 The Hartford Courant
<p>Growth and rising populations have many Western states reconsidering dams.</p>
Mar 8, 2008 Associated Press