Can a wider highway save livelihoods?

On US 2 in northern MontanaHoping a Wider Highway Can Save Their Livelihoods

Jim Robbins wrote an article that appeared in the New York Times on December 17, 2006, reporting on efforts to widen US Highway 2 in northern Montana (see above link to PDF file of his article, “Hoping a Wider Highway Can Save Their Livelihoods”)   Frank Popper, a professor of geography at Rutgers University, has studied the depopulating Great Plains and says that trying to widen this highway ” .  .  .  smacks of desperation.  .   .”  Dr. Popper thinks we should restore the native prairie instead of making major investments in roads where there is no demand.  He may have the right idea. 

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