Small Towns

July 8, 2016, 10am PDT
Some cities that want to grow are stuck in the small town zone, while others growing cities would prefer to stay small.
Community Development Strategies
May 1, 2016, 9am PDT
The common perception of everyday America as a land of small towns and white faces doesn't reflect the current reality. Demographic analysis reveals "normal America" in cities like New Haven and Tampa.
FiveThirtyEight
December 27, 2015, 5am PST
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profiles a man in a small town in Pennsylvania that does a pretty good impression of Santa Claus, if you ask us.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
November 12, 2015, 10am PST
As rising costs expel artists from urban cores, some small towns are positioning themselves as unlikely magnets for creative expression.
Nonprofit Quarterly
November 10, 2015, 8am PST
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.
StatChat: the blog of the UVA Demographics Research Group
March 8, 2015, 10am PDT
Concerned about their economic fate, several upstate New York towns have expressed interest in joining Pennsylvania instead.
Talking Points Memo
June 2, 2014, 5am PDT
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.
Brookings
April 5, 2013, 1pm PDT
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.
ArtPlace
March 14, 2013, 11am PDT
Jordan Rane profiles 8 historic towns from across the country that have overcome significant challenges to become desirable destinations once again.
CNN
February 4, 2013, 2pm PST
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?
NRDC Switchboard
October 19, 2012, 1pm PDT
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.”
Better! Cities & Towns
Feature
June 28, 2012, 9am PDT

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 re

John Wilbanks
April 22, 2012, 1pm PDT
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.
Smithsonian
October 22, 2011, 11am PDT
Mark Byrnes' slideshow introduces the most welcoming welcome signs in North America.
The Atlantic
August 15, 2011, 2pm PDT
A week after the Ames straw poll in Iowa brought all the hype to America's heartland, Money magazine announces its annual ranking of the nation's best small cities. The Midwest dominates the Top 100 list, with the Northeast coming in second.
Money
August 11, 2011, 10am PDT
The U.S. Postal Services is considering a plan to close more than 3,600 of its 32,000 post offices. This piece from <em>New Urban News</em> looks at the impact of those closures on the small towns likely to be affected.
New Urban News
July 29, 2011, 7am PDT
Every summer, tiny Manchester, Tennessee, becomes a metropolis of rockers and concertgoers as the Bonnaroo music festival comes to a nearby farm. This piece from <em>Governing</em> looks at how the town adapts to the surge.
Governing
March 17, 2011, 12pm PDT
Census data shows that Lacrosse, WA (pop. 315) and other small, rural towns are getting smaller. Some blame the Conservation Reserve Program. But Lacrosse and many others aren't going quietly - they're fighting to hang on.
The Spokesman-Review
January 25, 2011, 5am PST
The rural Midwest produces much of our nation's food supply, and yet small towns in the heartland and around America are increasingly and ironically becoming food deserts - places where citizens have little access to fresh, healthy foods.
Grist
July 19, 2010, 6am PDT
Gensler has revealed the designs for The Museum of Bond Vehicles + Espionage, which will be located in Momence, Illinois. Momence, pop. 3000, is hoping the museum could jump start their economy and put them on the map.
Fast Company