Recently I was asked to reflect on my visit to Empire, Nevada for The Caravan, and arts & culture magazine in India. If you haven’t yet heard about the specifics of this special small town, please be sure to check it out. It was the last company town in the US until June of 2011 when it was closed. And by closed I mean closed. A fence was put up around the entire community to keep out curious onlookers and the zip code was eliminated.
This loss of community, in my opinion, demonstrates the full measure of the effects of the job crisis in the country.