Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Pocatello Idaho's Bad News Cycle
Idaho Town Struggles After Pinning Hopes on a Failed Factory. (The New York Times, 11/5/2013)
Excerpt: Pocatello’s road was tough before Hoku ever came to call. It lost many of its good railroad jobs when Union Pacific consolidated operations in Utah. A potato processing factory in a neighboring town — about 10 percent of the work force commutes there from Pocatello — has said it will close next year. And like Idaho as a whole, it has suffered from a downward spiral in wages.
Didn't take long for the bottom to fall out of this dream.