Bringing Complete Streets to Rural Communities
With nearly half of U.S. road deaths occurring on rural roads, the Complete Streets approach offers a safer way forward, but few towns are taking it on.
Federal Rural Road Safety Funding Falls Short of Requests
Despite high rates of traffic deaths, rural communities lack the resources to address road safety issues.
Report Highlights Housing Issues in Rural America
Rising costs and an aging housing stock are squeezing rural households, with the impacts felt unevenly across ages and ethnicities.
How Paris, Texas Became a ‘Unicorn’ for Rural Transit
A robust coalition of advocates in the town of 25,000 brought together the funding and resources to launch a popular bus service that some residents see as a mobility lifeline—and a social club.
Growth in Small Utah Towns Prompts Road Safety Concerns
As small towns rapidly gain population, local infrastructure will have to adjust to keep up with more pedestrians and car traffic.
Rural Areas Experience Higher Food Insecurity
As pandemic-era assistance programs expire, the rate of food insecurity for rural households is rising higher than in their urban counterparts.
New Book Analyzes America’s Poorest Communities
The similarities between the nation’s most disadvantaged areas, often rural, reveal the economic patterns that lead to chronic poverty.
New Book Sheds Light on Rural Governance
Learn more about a new book that provides some overdue attention to public governance and administration in small towns and rural communities.
Building Resiliency in Rural Power Grids
A National Science Foundation study seeks to understand the impact of climate change and extreme weather on rural electrical grids in diverse geographic areas.
How Homelessness Differs in Rural America
Although less visible than in major cities, the housing crisis is no less severe in many rural communities, where being unhoused poses unique challenges.
Growing Pains in Northwest Arkansas
Like other small communities suddenly made popular during the Covid-19 pandemic, the region is struggling to maange its explosive growth.
As Rural Areas Grow, So Do Tensions
The influx of new households to rural communities is driving up housing costs for existing residents and straining local infrastructure, sparking difficult conversations about future growth.
On-Demand Microtransit Proves Itself in Rural Virginia
Two Virginia transit companies launched pilot projects for on-demand microtransit services in 2021, spurring record growth in ridership as a result.
Iowa Towns Embrace a ‘Shrink Smart’ Approach
Population loss doesn’t have to be a harbinger of doom. Some rural communities are taking small but impactful steps to improve quality of life for their remaining residents.
The Housing Crisis Grows in Rural Idaho
The state’s smaller communities are feeling the pressure of sharply rising housing costs, stagnating wages, and an aging population.
Federal Program Funds Broadband in Underserved Areas
The program supports efforts to improve internet connectivity in remote and rural areas.
Florida Boosts Rural Infrastructure Fund
Five rural communities will receive $15 million under a new law designed to assist rural areas in developing their infrastructure.
Study: Housing Assistance Programs Not Enough for Rural Renters
Many housing and human services providers say their programs are underfunded as the housing crisis in rural parts of America grows.
The Quiet Housing Crisis in Rural America
While housing shortages in major cities are grabbing headlines, rural communities are seeing higher rates of growth in housing prices and a silently spreading homelessness crisis.
Maine Housing Market Tightens as New, Younger Residents Move In
State leaders see the influx of younger residents as a boon to Maine’s economy, but this could come at the expense of affordable housing.
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Colorado Department of Local Affairs
Lassen County Planning and Building Services
This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.