Small Towns

5 days ago
The future of smaller cities could depend on figuring out a way to improve transit, perhaps not at the neighborhood or level, but at the corridor level.
Itinerant Urbanist
July 3, 2017, 10am PDT
Small towns are in crisis. To save them, it might take a "new ruralism" of community leadership, volunteerism, and ventures in the creative economy.
ASLA The Dirt
July 1, 2017, 7am PDT
The "small-town feel" of Conroe, Texas is touted as one of the reason for its quick population growth.
The Urban Edge
December 25, 2016, 7am PST
An examination of the commentary on place found in the classic Christmas movie, "It's a Wonderful Life."
CityLab
December 7, 2016, 9am PST
Rutland, Vermont is scheduled to become home to 100 Syrian refugees, a prospect that has awoken passionate responses from the town's residents.
The Nation
July 8, 2016, 10am PDT
Some cities that want to grow are stuck in the small town zone, while others growing cities would prefer to stay small.
Community Development Strategies
May 1, 2016, 9am PDT
The common perception of everyday America as a land of small towns and white faces doesn't reflect the current reality. Demographic analysis reveals "normal America" in cities like New Haven and Tampa.
FiveThirtyEight
December 27, 2015, 5am PST
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profiles a man in a small town in Pennsylvania that does a pretty good impression of Santa Claus, if you ask us.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
November 12, 2015, 10am PST
As rising costs expel artists from urban cores, some small towns are positioning themselves as unlikely magnets for creative expression.
Nonprofit Quarterly
November 10, 2015, 8am PST
Academia's "two-body problem" may be affecting other industries as women pursue more specialized careers and marry similarly educated men. Two-career couples are likely to gravitate toward larger metro areas with job opportunities for both partners.
StatChat: the blog of the UVA Demographics Research Group
March 8, 2015, 10am PDT
Concerned about their economic fate, several upstate New York towns have expressed interest in joining Pennsylvania instead.
Talking Points Memo
June 2, 2014, 5am PDT
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.
Brookings
April 5, 2013, 1pm PDT
ArtPlace, the creative placemaking collaboration, has announced its inaugural list of the top small town art scenes in the United States. The dozen communities selected for recognition include Crested Butte, CO, Vineyard Haven, MA, and Taos, NM.
ArtPlace
March 14, 2013, 11am PDT
Jordan Rane profiles 8 historic towns from across the country that have overcome significant challenges to become desirable destinations once again.
CNN
February 4, 2013, 2pm PST
Kaid Benfield pens a provocative column in which he suggests that the traditional American Main Street is a thing of the past, and may no longer fit our modern retail economy. Are traditional main streets still worth preserving and emulating?
NRDC Switchboard
October 19, 2012, 1pm PDT
Charles Marohn discusses the CNU NextGen initiative "Investment Ready Places" by Street Sense. The new booklet provides strategies for identifying and investing in America’s “new frontier for development.”
Better! Cities & Towns
Feature
June 28, 2012, 9am PDT

John Wilbanks demonstrates that the adaptation of city-centered growth tools to small town planning exercises is not only possible, but preferable, as he recommends strategies for acting re

John Wilbanks
April 22, 2012, 1pm PDT
With the help of a little GIS wizardry, Susan Spano and Aviva Shen map the 20 most cultured small towns in the U.S., from Gig Harbor, WA to Naples, FL and everywhere in between.
Smithsonian
October 22, 2011, 11am PDT
Mark Byrnes' slideshow introduces the most welcoming welcome signs in North America.
The Atlantic
August 15, 2011, 2pm PDT
A week after the Ames straw poll in Iowa brought all the hype to America's heartland, Money magazine announces its annual ranking of the nation's best small cities. The Midwest dominates the Top 100 list, with the Northeast coming in second.
Money