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A long farmhouse is visible in winter agricultural fields, Snow-covered mountains loom above low clouds in the background of the photo.

Toward Better 'Rural Places and Planning'

The authors of the new book "Rural Places and Planning" expand beyond stereotypes of the rural to describe a more supportive approach to rural planning.

March 8, 2022 - Menelaos Gkartzios

Rural California Road

Bringing Rurality Back to Planning Culture

Michael Hibbard at the University of Oregon and Kathryn I. Frank at the University of Florida write about their recently published article in the Journal of Planning Education and Research.

February 23, 2022 - JPER

Platte River

Building Rural Resilience

Rural areas have been attracting a lot attention for news sources traditionally devoted to urban news and information. A new report from the Brookings Institution is the latest example.

December 2, 2020 - Brookings

Vacant Properties

The Legacy of Structural Poverty in Alabama

In rural Alabama, a long history of racial inequality and poverty has left people struggling to survive in uninhabitable housing.

November 18, 2020 - The New York Times

Central Valley

3 Myths About Rural America and How to Debunk Them

The effort to debunk common myths about rural America in academia and the news media continues.

November 16, 2020 - Urban Institute

Rural Pandemic

The Impact of COVID-19 on Rural Areas

As the coronavirus outbreak surges across the country, many rural communities are now seeing an unprecedented spike in infections and hospitalizations.

October 26, 2020 - National Public Radio

Gilpin County, Colorado

New Ruralism Initiative Releases Report

"Lessons in New Ruralism" shares 20 case studies of prosperous rural communities from across the United States.

October 22, 2020 - Maine Association of Planners

Starr County, Texas

Beleaguered Texas Hospital to Ration Treatment of COVID Patients

A second county in the Rio Grande Valley has issued an unenforceable stay-at-home order to reduce transmission of the coronavirus. Its one overwhelmed hospital will implement a triage system to determine which patients to treat and whom to reject.

July 27, 2020 - CBS News

Community Engagement

How Artists Helped a Housing Organization Adapt to Demographic Change

An in-depth look at the lessons one housing organization learned after receiving a multimillion grant to integrate arts and culture strategies in its work. Has the organization changed the way it operates?

May 19, 2020 - Shelterforce Magazine

Conservation Distict

We Need a Rural New Deal

Just as the original New Deal was in large part designed to address the dire challenges rural America faced in the 1930s, today's rural community economic development practitioners can learn from the Green New Deal.

April 7, 2020 - Shelterforce Magazine

Model Neighborhood

Urban, Suburban, or Rural?

The Pew Research Center digs into a question of definitions, fraught with exceptions and subjectivity.

November 25, 2019 - Decoded - Pew Research Center

Texas Apartments

Is the Urban-Suburban Divide Destined to Disappear?

In a new book, Hans Westlund and Tigran Haas argue that the global knowledge economy is radically reshaping urban development. Eventually, they say, it'll render meaningless our present notions of "urban," "suburban," and "rural."

September 20, 2018 - Regional Studies Association

Yucatan Peninsula

Mexico's Traditional Housing Is Disappearing—and With It, a Way of Life

Mariana Ordóñez Grajales and Onnis Luque are fighting to preserve their country's vernacular architecture.

April 12, 2018 - The Architectural League of New York

Rural Schoolhouse

Explained: The Many Definitions of Rural

Wisconsin provides a case study in the varied methods for defining rural, and why that matters. "Rural is not simple to define, perhaps because the real question is rural for what purpose?"

June 3, 2017 - WisContext

The Incredible, Rising Cost of Forest Fires

The kicker in a recent article about the current realities of forest fires—and the cost of fighting them—in the United States: The federal government spends 624 percent more on fires than it did 20 years ago.

July 29, 2014 - The Washington Post - Wonkblog

Fight Fires with Funds: New Federal Funding Mechanism Proposed for Wildfires

“Robbing Peter to pay Paul” and “thumb in the dike” describe the way the federal government has been funding the cost of fighting the nation’s wildfires. President Obama’s new budget proposal could change the current arrangement.

February 26, 2014 - The Denver Post

Can a "Rare Slice of California" Stave Off Sprawl?

San Luis Obispo County, along California's Central Coast, is at a crossroads. Will it go the way of Orange County and succumb to development pressures or will it follow Napa and Ventura Counties and protect its rural lands from exurban sprawl.

September 21, 2013 - TraceSF

Ways to Fail at Form-Based Codes 03: Misapply the Transect

On 50th anniversary of the Jetsons, Hazel Borys celebrates city planning that isn't pie in the sky, but instead lets us cast a shadow.

May 3, 2013 - PlaceShakers

You Weigh Where You Live

A new study to be published in the fall issue of the Journal of Rural Health finds evidence that rural Americans are more likely to be overweight than their urban cohorts, reports Mary MacVean.

September 16, 2012 - Los Angeles Times

Could a Toll Road Boost Maine's Economy at the Cost of its Identity?

Katharine Seelye writes on the clash between business interests and residents of rural Maine, where a proposed private toll road has revealed a difference in values.

August 7, 2012 - The New York Times

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