Region Focus

Third Quarter 2011

The End of Nowhere: What can ghost towns teach us about saving small communities?

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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Related Links

Graves, Philip E., Stephan Weiler, and Emily Elizabeth Tynon. "The Economics of Ghost Towns." The Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy, 2009, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 131-140.

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.

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