Small Towns

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
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.
Mar 17, 2011   The Spokesman-Review
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.
Jan 25, 2011   Grist
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.
Jul 19, 2010   Fast Company
Small movie theaters, long thought dead, are having a comeback as vital centers in small towns across the country.
Jul 8, 2010   The Infrastructurist
Small town movie theaters are seeing new interest from community members who are fighting -- and volunteering -- to keep them open.
Jul 5, 2010   The New York Times
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.
May 14, 2010   New York Times
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.
Apr 19, 2010   Der Spiegel
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.
Mar 30, 2010   NPR
In Starksboro, Vermont, planners are using storytelling and community art projects to get at the heart of what matters to residents.
Nov 9, 2009   Burlington Free Press
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Aug 31, 2009   By Tim Halbur