About that Second Amazon HQ Location

This morning, Amazon announced its intention to build a second headquarters. Purported to produce “as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs,” it’s…kind of a big deal. Every region that ends up bidding for the shiny new “AMZN HQ2” will hope to reap the rewards of the high-tech job multiplier effect. For those who might not understand…

Degrees of Decline: Why Growing Regions Sometimes Produce Shrinking Cities

If the population history of U.S. industrial cities was a Game-of-Thrones-esque television series, I think we’d all be able to guess how the IMDB.com “plot synopsis” would read for the episode lasting from 1970 to 2000: Sir Buffalo, Lady Cleveland, and their best friend Saint Louis are at an exuberant high point as the episode…

Why Write a Blog About Regions?

I am a geographer at heart. During long road trips, I was the kind of kid who preferred a Rand McNally atlas over a coloring book. Even now, the way I “kill time” on the internet usually involves a combination of Google Maps and Wikipedia tabs on my internet browser. Anyone who wants to turn…