Middle States Geographer Volume 40, 2007



November 16-17, 2007

The Inn at Reading, Reading, PA

2007 MSG cover_newErasure, Non-existence, and the Production of Economic Legibility in Iraq. Richard Nisa

Sourcing the Coverage in the Invasion of Iraq: A Comparison of Domestic and Foreign News. John I. Sharp and J. Ryo Kiyan

Ghosts of the Atacama: The Abandonment of Nitrate Mining in the Tarapacà Region of Chile. Paul Marr

How Government Policies Influence Declining Fertility Rates in Developed Countries. Tari Glowaki and Amy K. Richmond

The Multi-family Myth: Exploring the Fiscal Impacts of Apartments in the Suburbs. Dorothy Ives-Dewey

Urban Form in Spanish American Colonial Cities: Cartagena De Indias, New Granada, in 1777. Linda Greenow.

Urban Redevelopment, Baseball, and Displacement in Washington, D.C. James P. Lewandowski and Steve Stover

Urban Gardening in Philadelphia. Ian Dunham

Planned Gentrification and Neighborhood Dynamics in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Claire Jantz and Paul Marr

Of Ruin and Archaism: Kate O’Brien and the Polemics of Place in 1930s Ireland. Charles Travis

Modeling the Hyperreal Dimension with The Gap-Burden MethodTM: Social-Ecological Change in the Laramie Range, Wyoming and the Asymmetry of Time. Neil M. Manspeizer

Quantifying Water Quality Impairments and Developing Management Initiatives for a Priority Stream Segment of the West Branch of the Elizabeth River in New Jersey. John F. Dobosiewicz

Analyzing the Effectiveness of the New Jersey Pinelands Management Plan. Andrew Knee and John Hasse

Assessing the Impact of Flood Inundation in the Devils Lake Area: A Remote Sensing Approach. Brentley W. Moats

The Use of Remotely Sensed Imagery and GIS Analysis for the Automated Detection of Water Infiltration in Residential Structures. Robert E. Roth

Spatial Analysis of Household Water Supply and Demand in a Distributed Geographic Network in the Towns of Amherst and Clarence, New York. Tao Tang and Gregory Keyser

Impacts of Land Use Changes on Runoff Generation in the East Branch of the Brandywine Creek Watershed using a GIS-based Hydrologic Model. Gary Coutu and Carmen Vega

Near Eastern Pollen Diagrams and “Deforestation”. Mark A. Blumler

Types and Causes of Beach Erosion Anomaly Areas in the U.S. East Coast Barrier Island System: Stabilized Tidal Inlets. Francis A. Galgano, Jr.

Three Approaches Along the Rio De La Plata: Landfill, Development, and Monumentalizing the Past. Margaret F. Boorstein


President: Steven Schnell, Kutztown University
Vice-President: Kathleen Schreiber, Millersville University
Secretary: Lawrence McGlinn, SUNY New Paltz
Executive Director: Jo Margaret Mano, SUNY New Paltz
Regional Councilor: Keith Henderson, Villanova University
Past President: Sean DiGiovanna, Rutgers University
Past President: Ann Deakin, SUNY Fredonia
Past President: Keith Henderson, Villanova University
Middle States Geographer Editors: Kelly Frothingham
and Stephen Vermette, Buffalo State College

About the cover: A Pennsylvania barn, one of the most distinctive folk building types in the United States.  The Pennsylvania Germans (also known as the Pennsylvania Dutch, a corruption of “Deutsch”) settled in southeastern Pennsylvania between the seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries.  When Germans migrated to the rich farmlands north and west of Philadelphia, they brought their ideas for barn construction with them.  Their style became known as the Pennsylvania barn, and is of the most distinctive folk building types in America, distinguishable even by a neophyte Kniffenian.  Pennsylvania barns are typically two-level barns, with grain and hay storage and a threshing floor on the top level, and animal pens on the lower.  Whether the main structure is built of stone, timber, or brick, two main characteristics give the Pennsylvania barn its visual signature.  The first is the forebay – a projection of the top level over the bottom one.  This 4-6 foot overhang serves to keep snow from blocking the barn doors on the lower level.  The second is the bank at the back of the barn, a berm built up to the level of the second floor that allows tractors and other equipment to enter the barn on the top floor.  Alternatively, some barns are simply built into the side of a hill.

ISSN 1067-2230




Roger Balm, Rutgers University Chris Larsen, University at Buffalo
Jim Bensley, Buffalo State College Jo Mano, SUNY New Paltz
John Bodenman, Bloomsburg University Kelly Marczynski, Buffalo State College
Frank Buonaiuto, Hunter College Paul Marr, Shippensburg University
Angela Cuthbert, Millersville University Lawrence McGlinn, SUNY New Paltz
Melinda Daniels, University of Connecticut Tom Mueller, California University of PA
Ann Deakin, SUNY Fredonia Monica Nyamwange, William Patterson University
John Dobosiewicz, Kean University Marianna Pavlovskaya, Hunter College
Kelly Frothingham, Buffalo State College John Pipkin, SUNY Albany
Keith Henderson, Villanova University Jennifer Rogalsky, SUNY Geneseo
Camille Holmgren, Buffalo State College Grant Saff, Hofstra University
Kim Irvine, Buffalo State College John Sharp, SUNY New Paltz
Dorothy Ives-Dewey, West Chester University Vida Vanchan, Buffalo State College
Ola Johansson, University of Pittsburg Stephen Vermette, Buffalo State College
Eric Krieg, Buffalo State College William Wieczorek, Buffalo State College