WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN CHESHIRE*

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    The authors wish to thank Brad Jokisch, the newspaper clippings files, Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, Ohio University Libraries, and two anonymous reviewers for their insightful comments and assistance.

Abstract

ABSTRACT. The purchase and subsequent demolition of Cheshire, Ohio-located in the shadow of the General James M. Gavin Power Plant-has attracted national attention. According to a New York Times report, “the deal … is believed to be the first by a company to dissolve an entire town.” In this article we consider historical precedents for the case, explore the thirty-year history of community-plant relations in Cheshire, and recount the series of incidents that ultimately led to the town's sale. We discuss the impact that the town's sale has had on the local community and the larger implications of American Electric Power's actions.

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