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Frontier Forum Focuses On Small Town Planning When Tragedy Creates A Tourist Destination

Clear Lake, Iowa, a rural town of 7500, has spent more than the past 60 years linked to an event that has been musically coined “The Day The Music Died.”
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Latest Newsletter for Urban and Regional Studies.

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Dr. Raymond Asomani-Boateng, Dr. Russell Fricano, and Benjamin Oppong published “Accra’s Old Fadama/Agbog-bloshie settlement. To what extent is this slum sustainable?” in African Geographical Review, 2020, Volume 39, Issue 4.

The Mankato Historical and Architectural Tour:

Professor Emerita Jan Cherrington (known to her students as “Dr. J”) developed a Mankato walking tour for her students to learn about Mankato’s historical and architectural heritage

Election Research

Students see professors in the classroom, but they are often unaware of how much professors’ jobs include researching and contributing to the collective knowledge in their fields.

Why has the Squatter Settlement of old Fadama Prospered ?

In the city of Accra, Ghana, municipal officials traditionally addressed squatter settlements through demolition and evictions. In spite of these evictions, Old Fadama, an illegal squatter settlement in Accra has flourished.

Disaster Preparedness In Nepal

Miriam Porter was on sabbatical during the 2019-2020 academic year. While on sabbatical she provided consultation service for the British University in Dubai and pursued her research in Nepal.

Dark Tourism

n 1692, twenty five citizens of Salem, Massachusetts were ex-ecuted based on ‘spectral evidence.’ In 1959, a small plane carrying Buddy Holly, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, and Ritchie Valens crashed into a field near Clear Lake, Iowa.

In the Footsteps of Sinclair Lewis

Minnesota has a prominent literary heritage that passes through Mankato. This includes early 20th century novelist Sinclair Lewis

Dr. Russell Fricano Named URSI Director

Dr. Russell Fricano was recently named Director of the Urban and Regional Studies Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Planning from the University of Southern California and a Masters of City and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Arlington.