Pollutive industries like manufacturing and energy drive the economy across Appalachia.  Air and water quality suffer, landscapes are scarred, while communities are held at the mercy of a boom-and-bust cycle, which trends towards the bust.  The term “path dependency” refers to a sort of historical inertia resulting from a resistance to change.  Historical choices limit our options today. 
Existing structures and institutions can constrain the ways we live—economically, politically, culturally, ecologically.  Contemporary choices limit options into the future.  We're hanging on to an economy driven by extraction, even as we are developing clean methods of meeting needs.  This is a visual document of the legacy our ancestors left for us and what we will leave others.  
Cheshire, OH
Cheshire, OH
Perry County, OH
Perry County, OH
Willow Island, WV
Willow Island, WV
Willow Island, WV
Willow Island, WV
Willow Island, W. Va.
Willow Island, W. Va.
Belpre, Ohio
Belpre, Ohio
Little Hocking, Ohio
Little Hocking, Ohio
Washington, Penn.
Washington, Penn.
Washington County, Penn.
Washington County, Penn.
Washington County, Penn.
Washington County, Penn.
Marianna, Penn.
Marianna, Penn.
Marianna, Penn.
Marianna, Penn.
Washington, Penn.
Washington, Penn.
Chillicothe, Ohio
Chillicothe, Ohio
Perry County, Ohio
Perry County, Ohio
Perry County, Ohio
Perry County, Ohio
Belle Valley, Ohio
Belle Valley, Ohio
Washington County, Penn.
Washington County, Penn.
Wilkesville, Ohio
Wilkesville, Ohio
Belpre, Ohio
Belpre, Ohio
Wood County, W. Va.
Wood County, W. Va.
Wood County, W. Va.
Wood County, W. Va.
Belpre, Ohio
Belpre, Ohio
Belpre, Ohio
Belpre, Ohio
Athens County, Ohio
Athens County, Ohio
Eureka, W. Va.
Eureka, W. Va.
Perry County, Ohio
Perry County, Ohio
Perry County, Ohio
Perry County, Ohio