Southwest

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The number of Americas over age 65 grew faster than any other age group in the country. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk Monica Ortiz Uribe reports that retirees contributed to most of the growth in the southwest.

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Researchers and ranchers are studying whether cattle grazing could significantly reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires in rugged areas of the southwest.  As Laurel Morales reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, firefighters had the toughest time fighting recent record-setting fires in steep terrain where dry grasses and other fuels had built up.

Pigs will probably fly in the Southwest before home builders stop building new homes here, but the types of homes people will need in the next 20 years might look very different. We’re staying single longer, we’re having fewer children, we’re paying more for gas and utilities -- is it time to re-think the all-American SUBURB?  

In part two of the Fronteras Changing America Desk series, Beyond Sprawl, Devin Browne reports on an Arizona State University project to redesign a cul de sac for the future.

 

 

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Home builders have long made a living expanding the edges of Southwestern cities. But look around these days, and you’ll find construction projects that have come screeching to a halt. Home prices and new-home construction are a fraction of what they once were. After an historic housing crisis, a new Fronteras Changing America Desk series asks: is it time to reconsider the way we’ve built the Southwest?

We begin the series, Beyond Sprawl, in Phoenix. Peter O’Dowd reports on a new kind of subdivision, the zombie subdivision .

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Scientists at White Sands National Monument are studying hundreds of rare mammalian footprints that date back to the Ice Age. The impressions were discovered this summer by a pair of college students during a science internship.

From the Fronteras Changing America Desk Monica Ortiz Uribe reports the prints are providing clues about the what the southwest region was like before the last great extinction.

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Elderly Latinos in Southwestern states would have the most to lose from potential cuts to Medicare and Social Security benefits. From our Fronteras Changing America Desk, Ruxandra Guidi has more.