Why Is Your Hometown Located Where It Is? Deep, protected bays like Tampa, Fla., or San Francisco are perfect for port cities. Minneapolis is situated at the Mississippi River's highest navigable point. But why did Phoenix and Las Vegas thrive in the middle of the desert?

Why Is Your Hometown Located Where It Is?

Why Is Your Hometown Located Where It Is?

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Why is Atlanta where it is? Or Phoenix? Or Mason City, Iowa? And what happens when a city or town's original justification disappears? Can it survive?

Guest:

Joel Kotkin, author of The City: A Global History; senior fellow at the New America Foundation

Donovan Blackburn, city manager of Pikeville, Ky.