August 28, 2016, 5am PDT
The population of Nagoro, Japan has declined in recent years from 300 to just 30 people. Local artist Tsukimi Ayano has populated the village with scarecrows to replace some of the familiar community figures who are now gone.
August 2, 2016, 2pm PDT
After a period of modernization and urban growth unrivaled in human history, several forces promise a slump, or at least a slowing. Maybe it's time to improve existing cities, not keep building new ones.
April 29, 2016, 7am PDT
The UN's Habitat III conference will be held in October of this year. Thomas Forster argues that urban areas are being considered in isolation, without enough attention to rural areas and food systems.
March 14, 2016, 12pm PDT
A recent report details how residents of rural areas in Minnesota use transit.
December 3, 2015, 1pm PST
New Ruralism is about rural communities finding new and sustainable approaches to create economic opportunities, provide livable-wage jobs, improve access to local foods, and offer better aging-in-place options.
Maine Association of Planners Front Page
July 14, 2011, 7am PDT
With unemployment numbers falling, jobs are on the rise in some rural parts of the country.
June 14, 2011, 9am PDT
At a recent conference on world cities, attendees from all over the world shared the impression that their cities do not receive enough respect from their national governments.
June 10, 2011, 12pm PDT
In rural Georgia, a New Urbanist style development is slowly materializing, andhoping to be a sustainable antidote to urban sprawl.
May 25, 2011, 11am PDT
The Tennessee town of Shelbyville has become a new center for Somalian refugees. A new documentary looks at what the influx of this group has meant to the city and its people.
May 15, 2011, 9am PDT
Rural areas in Germany are seeing major declines in population. Some worry that these declining villages and towns are being left by the wayside as the nation heads towards urban centers.
March 25, 2011, 5am PDT
Rural Kitsap County, Washington, has been debating over a policy change that would allow new communities to spring up in the area.
March 12, 2011, 1pm PST
Unhealthy, smog-filled air has struck an unsuspecting locale: rural Wyoming.
January 18, 2011, 5am PST
As the world's population urbanizes, rural areas are being abandoned. But they don't have to sit empty and unused, according to this piece from <em>GOOD</em>.
January 2, 2011, 7am PST
While the recession has affected the housing market across the country, the few state that are showing signs of recovery are mostly rural.
December 28, 2010, 12pm PST
Poverty is high and rising in rural areas across America. But there are also significant differences in the extent of that poverty, depending on the region.
December 19, 2010, 7am PST
Populations have declined in the majority of rural areas in the U.S., according to recent figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.
December 15, 2010, 2pm PST
More than two-thirds of rural areas in the United States have seen growth in jobs since 2009, according to this article from <em>The Daily Yonder</em>.
December 15, 2010, 11am PST
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that new immigrants have been heading to small towns and suburban areas rather than big cities over the past decade.
August 18, 2010, 1pm PDT
A renewable energy company wants to build a major solar power farm on former ranchland in rural California. But environmental concerns over habitat and scenic beauty could stall the process.
August 10, 2010, 7am PDT
Rural areas across America are trying to figure out how they can improve their economies but still maintain their rural qualities.