Looking East for the New West: Characterizing Rural Change in Adams County, Pennsylvania

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Environmental Studies


Since the 1990s literature on the 'New West' has underscored distinctive regional characteristics of rural change within the United States. Driven by the decline of traditional, resource-extraction industries, the corresponding rise of service sector economics, and the influx of migrants drawn to amenity rich environments, researchers have charted the regional implications of the New West transformations upon western landscapes and land uses, public land management priorities, and the character of rural communities. This chapter traces similar dynamics in Adams County, Pennsylvania, a decidedly non-western placed located in the Mid-Atlantic region, and suggests a broader basis than the New West for this form of rural change. [excerpt]

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