November 5, 2014
On September 12th, we arrived in Alton, Missouri, and stepped into the warm, eclectic and fresh-baked pie scented space of the Oregon County Food Producers and Artisans Co-Op to plan their November workshop-- which will cover vernacular architecture, local food production, regional food security, green building design, and Co-Op development.
October 21, 2014
Many rural counties are experiencing “brain gains” as newcomers age 30-49 move in. This migration is keeping small towns alive and contributing to a new narrative about rural places.
September 30, 2014
This past July we sent out a request for stories of rural communities fighting the decline of their main streets and town centers. Berwick, Maine told us their story of their town's revival, and how they incorporated different strategies, including community-wide engagement and visioning in the wake of the closing of their leather tannery, and the vacant site it left behind.
September 9, 2014
Good design impacts tourism, jobs, property values and quality of life. What can we do to bring good design to small towns and rural communities? Here are a few inspiring examples.
August 13, 2014
Now more than ever, creative professionals are turning their attention to community development. While this trend toward good design is exciting, it’s harder to find in rural community development. Here are a few ideas from the forefront of rural design.