A Southern City Shows How to Deal With the Past
This is how it looks when a community, its faith and civic organizations, and some of its leading citizens face difficult truths.
Libraries Lead the Way—Again
Every aspect of civic life has involved reinvention and adjustment, through this pandemic era. One of America's most "traditional" instituti
RURAL & REGIONAL
A portrait of people in motion around the country.
How has the pandemic motivated people to reconsider where they live, and why? Here is a story from South Dakota about how families are chang
Bucksport Maine Finds Its Heart & Soul
How can person-to-person democracy be revived? A one-time mill town in coastal Maine is a laboratory for a new approach.
A New Foundation
What is the idea behind this site and the Our Towns Civic Foundation? And what are the goals? Here’s a brief summary.
Voices From America
Max Taps Supports Marshall Fire Victims
In the wake of one of the costliest fires in U.S. history, a local establishment is leading a local response effort to support those in need.
The Coming Reckoning
Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of our democracy, or are we living through growing pains? Are we on the brink of a civil war, or will unity prevail adapted and renewed?
The Local Tavern: A Glimpse of America’s Past Present Today
One of the most important things modern America shares with the people who founded the country is the sense of community and fellowship that comes with sharing time at the local tavern.
BIG LITTLE IDEAS
Three community leaders come together to tell the stories of American renewal in their towns.
What do Ajo, Arizona; Eastport, Maine; and Charleston, West Virginia have in common? The answer leads down a rural path.
LEADERS & GOVERNANCE
Substituting Hope for Fear in Small Town America
What is the future of power?
INVENTION & RENEWAL
What Could Go Right?
How do global changes affect us on the local level, and vice versa?