With only seven residents, Thurmond, W.Va., is the smallest incorporated town in the Fifth District. Once bustling and prosperous, Thurmond has become practically a ghost town. Is the fate of places like Thurmond a tragedy or a "monument to American dynamism"?
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Lambe, Will. Small Towns, Big Ideas: Case Studies in Small Town Community Economic Development. Chapel Hill, N.C.: UNC School of Government and the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Program, 2008.