Historian and journalist Catherine Tumber is a fellow with the MassINC’s Gateway Cities Innovation Institute, a Penn Institute for Urban Research scholar, and a contributing editor to The Baffler. She is the author of Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promise of Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World (MIT Press, 2012). Other writings by her can be found at https://catherinetumber.com
By Catherine Tumber, Local Futures
The disappearance of land from ruling economic theory may account for why the collapse of smaller heartland communities is greeted with a shrug by writers for the New York Times and the Washington Post. It also helps to explain its absence from the Green New Deal, for all its social-democratic, capitalist-critical leanings.