MALS (Master of Arts in Liberal Studies)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Dr. Tom Lee
Dr. Ted Olson, Dr. Kevin O'Donnell
The St. Paul Redevelopment Project was unique and touted as the first-of-its-kind to feature cooperation from all three levels of government. Several government agencies helped St. Paul accomplish an “impossible dream,” spending an estimated thirty million dollars to rechannel the Clinch River in the 1970s and 1980s. The small town of 1,000 residentsrelocated 100 families from South St. Paul to carry out the project, much to the dismay of many of the residents. A primary factor in enforcing the power of eminent domain in the St. Paul Redevelopment Project was the idea of “progress,” a commonality of many redevelopment projects. The St. Paul Redevelopment Project serves as a small case study of government intervention in the Appalachian region and of resistance. St. Paul as a community and “place” has been shaped by elected officials and government agencies, but ‘place’ also belongs to individuals. The example of redevelopment in St. Paul, Virginia, and the use of eminent domain exposes a complex system of power relations at work in Appalachia, that at least in the case under study, suggests how the response of one family, the Couches, reflected both participation in the dominant system of commodification and a rejection of it.
Thesis - Open Access
Couch, Evan, "“You Can’t Put a Price on Something That’s Not for Sale”: Eminent Domain in St. Paul, Virginia (1970 - 1985)" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3353. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/3353
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