Resort Towns


Opinion: Beware ‘Gatlinburginazation’

Gatlinburg, Tennessee, located at the western gateway of Great Smokey Mountains National Park, serves as a cautionary tale in the debate about a proposed resort near Slade in Eastern Kentucky.

August 3, 2022 - Lexington Herald Leader

Ski Resort

Colorado Resort Towns Attracting the Highest Rate of New Seniors

Colorado is looking like the new Florida.

February 15, 2018 - The Denver Post

Traverse City

Sleepy Resort Towns Becoming Urban Destinations

Around the country, small, rural towns are experiencing the same political conflicts related to land use and planning more commonly associated with the city.

March 9, 2016 - Next City

When a Summer Resort Town Finds Year-Round Success

Northern Michigan's "premier summer resort town" finds itself embroiled in a heated development controversy, reflecting that town's changing population.

October 19, 2015 - Detroit Free Press

British Resort Towns Become 'Dumping Grounds' for the Poor

High levels of unemployment, drug addiction and teenage pregnancy leave British seaside towns locked in a culture of 'poverty attracting poverty'.

August 9, 2013 - The Independent (UK)

The Disproportionate Costs of Resort Developments

A new report out of Oregon suggests that the fiscal costs of successful resort developments significantly outweigh their benefits -- and taxpayers are burdened with the tab. Erik Kancler of Central Oregon LandWatch explains.

April 16, 2009 - Erik Kancler

Building a Resort on an Olympic Foundation

As it prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, the beachfront Russian city of Sochi is hoping to become an attractive resort city. Money is flowing and development is under way, but some expect growing pains.

November 20, 2008 - The New York Times

The Flood of 'Amenity Migrants'

Scenic resort towns are increasingly attracting older residents, creating a population boom that far surpasses growth rates in many cities and urban areas.

August 20, 2008 - NPR

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