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A Visual Typology of Abandonment in Rural America: From End-of-Life to Treading Water, Recycling, Renaissance, and Revival

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Department of Agricultural Sciences, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY 40351, USA
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Department of Geography and Environmental Planning, University of Maine at Farmington, Farmington, ME 04938, USA
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Department of Geography, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506, USA
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Received: 28 January 2020 / Revised: 18 March 2020 / Accepted: 18 March 2020 / Published: 23 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Agricultural Land Abandonment: Patterns, Drivers and Consequences)
The contemporary American rural landscape reflects a mix of ongoing economic changes in agricultural land use, population change, and built environments. The mix depends on past and recent change which represent landscapes of memory and silence to those experiencing economic and demographic renaissance. We develop a typology of five stages that reflect the contemporary rural scene and conduct field transects in Northwest Iowa and Central Maine. Features of the dynamics in rural America are evident in photographs of residences, land use changes, and commercial structure. The study calls for additional studies on rural settlement populations, economies, and society in different environmental settings. View Full-Text
Keywords: small town landscapes; rural devolution and evolution; abandonment and renaissance small town landscapes; rural devolution and evolution; abandonment and renaissance
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Holcomb, J.P.; Frederic, P.; Brunn, S.D. A Visual Typology of Abandonment in Rural America: From End-of-Life to Treading Water, Recycling, Renaissance, and Revival. Land 2020, 9, 94.

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