Albuquerque

For the first time, activists are seeking to create new obstacles at the local level. 

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The newest front in the abortion wars, as The New York Times reported last week, is Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Christian activists are pushing for a citywide referendum that would bar abortions at 20 weeks. The ruckus in Albuquerque is the work of a single couple, Bud and Tara Shaver, who moved to New Mexico three years ago with the express intention of shutting down the Southwestern Women's Options clinic in Albuquerque.

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Who Versus Where

Last week on this blog, I riffed about one of the more interesting findings to emerge from our State of Metropolitan America report—that demographically, our nation’s major metropolitan areas didn’t always look very much like their geographic neighbors.  To illustrate the point, I looked at the Southeastern seaboard, which counts metropolitan members from each of the seven demographic categories we identify in the report, from the “Next Frontier” region of Washington, DC to the “Industrial Core” area of Augusta, GA.  We argue that metropolitan demographic peers may have more to learn from one

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Has the great Mountain region growth machine broken down?

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This is the way it happens. They sit in your class poring over Dante’s Inferno or grousing good-naturedly about the silent film you’ve insisted they admire. They graduate to crawling through the mud at Ranger School or learning how to fly a Chinook in Alabama. They write to let you know about the milestones and about the weirdness; they ask what’s new on your end and tell you not to work “too hard.” They stop by the office whenever they’re back in town for a classmate’s wedding or some other event.

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In a nice phrase, the western writer Wallace Stegner called the Mountain West the “native home of hope.” However, for a while now at least parts of the region are also going to need another virtue as well: patience.

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