Small Towns

As rising costs expel artists from urban cores, some small towns are positioning themselves as unlikely magnets for creative expression.
Nov 12, 2015   Nonprofit Quarterly
Academia's "two-body problem" may be affecting other industries as women pursue more specialized careers and marry similarly educated men. Two-career couples are likely to gravitate toward larger metro areas with job opportunities for both partners.
Nov 10, 2015   StatChat: the blog of the UVA Demographics Research Group
Concerned about their economic fate, several upstate New York towns have expressed interest in joining Pennsylvania instead.
Mar 8, 2015   Talking Points Memo
In this opinion piece, Brookings demographer William H. Frey looks at three years of census data and discusses whether urban growth will stay through the decade or whether the U.S. will return to its traditional, post-War suburban growth patterns.
Jun 2, 2014   Brookings
ArtPlace, the creative placemaking collaboration, has announced its inaugural list of the top small town art scenes in the United States. The dozen communities selected for recognition include Crested Butte, CO, Vineyard Haven, MA, and Taos, NM.
Apr 5, 2013   ArtPlace
Jordan Rane profiles 8 historic towns from across the country that have overcome significant challenges to become desirable destinations once again.
Mar 14, 2013   CNN
Kaid Benfield pens a provocative column in which he suggests that the traditional American Main Street is a thing of the past, and may no longer fit our modern retail economy. Are traditional main streets still worth preserving and emulating?
Feb 4, 2013   NRDC Switchboard
Charles Marohn discusses the CNU NextGen initiative "Investment Ready Places" by Street Sense. The new booklet provides strategies for identifying and investing in America’s “new frontier for development.”
Oct 19, 2012   Better! Cities & Towns
John Wilbanks demonstrates that the adaptation of city-centered growth tools to small town planning exercises is not only possible, but preferable, as he recommends strategies for acting regionally, while planning locally for small town sustainability. Exclusive
Jun 28, 2012  By John Wilbanks
With the help of a little GIS wizardry, Susan Spano and Aviva Shen map the 20 most cultured small towns in the U.S., from Gig Harbor, WA to Naples, FL and everywhere in between.
Apr 22, 2012   Smithsonian
Mark Byrnes' slideshow introduces the most welcoming welcome signs in North America.
Oct 22, 2011   The Atlantic