Walking the ‘Fine Line’ of Rural Development and Gentrification

Posted on AllSides July 25th, 2023
From The Center
Photo courtesy of Woodlands Development Group

The Tucker, Barbour, and Randolph County pocket of central West Virginia is a beautiful part of the state. Embraced by the million-acre Monongahela National Forest, the region has become a prized location for well-appointed second homes and retirement tranquility. There’s lots to do: ski resorts, both downhill and cross country; vast miles of hiking and biking trails; campgrounds galore – an outdoor recreation mecca. 

All of which is a boost to the local economy. And it’s needed. The coal industry, which once helped fuel this economy, has been in steady...

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