I plan to write more soon about the origins of my interest in contemporary New England and in the region’s history over the last century or so. But in the meantime, I want to try each week to put together a post compiling recent articles and other items relating somehow to New England’s history, its regional identity, and its future.
Here, then, is the debut of the (unoriginally named) New England roundup:
- A study by UConn scholars Chris McCahill and Norman Garrick examines how Hartford acquired “a hybrid urban form that functions more like suburban sprawl than a traditional urban place,” and notes how its path diverged from that of Cambridge, Mass.
- A New York Times article earlier this month describes the growing number of Haitians crossing the U.S.-Canadian border in Vermont in the wake of the January earthquake in Haiti.
- A Harvard University study finds “[a]fter almost 200 years of natural reforestation, forest cover is declining in all six New England states,” the Globe’s environmental blog reports. The study, available here, calls for a dramatic increase in land conservation in the region.
- Analysis by the New England Economic Partnership suggests, among other things, that northern New England weathered the recession better than southern New England. Click here for state-by-state analysis.
If you come across something interesting or relevant, please pass it along for inclusion in a future post!