Small Towns

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
July 8, 2010, 8am PDT
Small movie theaters, long thought dead, are having a comeback as vital centers in small towns across the country.
The Infrastructurist
July 5, 2010, 11am PDT
Small town movie theaters are seeing new interest from community members who are fighting -- and volunteering -- to keep them open.
The New York Times
May 14, 2010, 8am PDT
Jackson, New York and several other small upstate towns have entered the immigration wars by passing a law requiring all official town business to be conducted in English.
New York Times
April 19, 2010, 6am PDT
Small German towns that had sold off their energy utilities to large corporations in the 1990s are trying to buy them back. They want to be back in on the lucrative energy market, but have large and formidable opponents.
Der Spiegel
March 30, 2010, 12pm PDT
For small towns, the 50,000 population mark is a sought after goal. That amount makes it easier for towns to qualify for certain federal funding, which is why the small town of Salina, Kansas is trying to make sure its residents fill out the Census.
NPR
November 9, 2009, 9am PST
In Starksboro, Vermont, planners are using storytelling and community art projects to get at the heart of what matters to residents.
Burlington Free Press
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August 31, 2009, 8am PDT

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July 21, 2009, 6am PDT
Small towns in New Mexico are increasingly being used as film locations. But for some locals, the invasion of Hollywood is not worth the economic benefits.
Los Angeles Times
May 11, 2009, 1pm PDT
Towns in East Texas have watched their children graduate high school and leave town for generations- in some towns, up to 90% of graduates flee. Job development is key to keeping the kids down on the farm, but older locals balk at growth.
Longview News Journal
March 7, 2009, 5am PST
According to the Pew Research Center, suburban dwellers are the most content with where they live, despite reports that also find that suburbs are not regarded the most ideal places to live.
Pew Research Center
January 10, 2009, 1pm PST
A NY Times profile of Suffern, NY focuses on real estate, but in the process creates a miniature of the struggles of all small towns- keeping the historic downtown vibrant, offering varied housing options, and competing with neighboring cities.
The New York Times
December 22, 2008, 6am PST
In fact, says one planner, suburbs and exurbs can expect to see some of the biggest changes of all, at least from infrastructure and transportation funding.
Marketwatch
September 19, 2008, 1pm PDT
Neal Pierce asks the question, 'Who's Best for Cities, McCain or Obama?' The evidence has been difficult to come by, but Pierce unearths some clues and makes some logical predictions.
Citiwire.net
August 20, 2008, 6am PDT
Scenic resort towns are increasingly attracting older residents, creating a population boom that far surpasses growth rates in many cities and urban areas.
NPR
July 30, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>Hiking and cycling traffic on the Great Allegheny Passageway has brought jobs and prosperity to small towns along the route.</p>
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 29, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>With few local job opportunities, residents in small towns have grown accustomed to long commutes to cities. But with high gas prices making those commutes unaffordable, some economists wonder how much longer small towns can retain their populations.</p>
The Kansas City Star
June 12, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Exeter, California, may lie off the beaten path and be little-known outside the southern San Joaquin Valley. But its thriving, spotless downtown would be the envy of most cities.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
June 2, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>Parkersburg, IA, reeling from a recent tornado that devastated the town, could look to nearby Charles City for a silver lining.</p>
Des Moines Register
April 19, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>In the wake of Presidential Candidate Barack Obama's recent gaffe, New York Times blogger Timothy Egan sheds some light on the reality of rural America and its role in America's future.</p>
The New York Times