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Out of the shadow: Belgrade, Montana aims to 're-seek' identity amid shifting economy, planning struggles

February 11, 2018View for printing

A trail of headlights pass the airport each weeknight a bit after 5 p.m. They're making their way to one of Belgrade's newest subdivisions. With each mile, their backdrop -- the shadowy outline of the Bridgers -- grows slightly.

In the Ryen Glenn subdivision there are quarter-acre lots, front porches for sitting, toys in yards and neighbors who wave.

People who live there describe it as a sanctuary for those who want the picket fence with room for the dog to run and the kids to learn to throw a football. In contrast, a dozen miles down the road Bozeman focuses on infill -- neighborhoods with alleys in the back and homes close together -- and changing expectations from the quintessential starter home to a townhouse or apartment.

By Lewis Kendall and Katheryn Houghton Chronicle Staff Writers ... 746e9c.html
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