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Prison construction was a noticeable component of economic development initiatives in rural places during the 1980s and the 1990s. Yet, few comprehensive ex post-empirical studies have been conducted and therefore the literature remains inconclusive about the economic impacts of prisons. Following a temporal overview of the geography of prison development(More)
How should we think about 'smart cities'? This issue brings together a set of articles that examine current debates around the goals, ethics, potential and limitations of a concept that has become a metaphor for urban modernity. We also include an unusual addition, a short intervention that surfaces some of the controversial issues related to smart cities,(More)
This paper considers the implications of economic globalization for rural communities in the U.S. South. Despite significant gains in average incomes and educational attainment in the South over the past 30 years, the paper finds that the rural South's longstanding reputation as the nation's low-wage, low-skilled region remains largely intact. In(More)
This paper provides a selective overview of an evaluation plan for six industry information and worker training demonstration projects funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) under its Regional Development Initiative to Enhance Manufacturing Competitiveness (Industrial Competitiveness Initiative). Some tentative generalizations are also made(More)
In his writing, analyses, and commentaries, Walter Isard contributed significantly to economic geography, inspiring a generation of economic geographers with seminal texts on industrial location and spatial economics and methods of regional analysis – a line of argumentation that explicitly incorporated abstract economic reasoning into an otherwise largely(More)
While sanitation is fundamental for health and wellbeing, cities of all sizes face growing challenges in providing safe, affordable and functional sanitation systems that are also sustainable. Factors such as limited political will, inadequate technical, financial and institutional capacities and failure to integrate safe sanitation systems into broader(More)
This paper investigates the potential causal relationship(s) between China's urbanization and income inequality since the start of the economic reform. Based on the economic theory of urbanization and income distribution, we analyze the annual time series of China's urbanization rate and Gini index from 1978 to 2014. The results show that urbanization has(More)
The Appalachian Regional Commission is currently working with a major foundation on the development of a new regional Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), Appalachian Community Capital. By connecting Appalachia's small businesses to large external investors, will this CDFI bring more community development capital into the region, and help(More)