We Find Our Way With Maps. But How Can Mapmakers Know Where They're Going?
A "geo-historical narrative" captured the imagination of many children in mid-20th century America. Maps have always had power to shape perceptions of reality. A memoir about their influence--and an introduction of what's to come.
The Mysteries and Lessons of South Dakota
Small cities, potentially big lessons. What a state that is home to 800,000 people can demonstrate to the country as a whole.
Big Little Ideas
A California Project, with Nationwide Ambitions
American history doesn't repeat, but it rhymes. Crises keep cropping up--and so do ideas and solutions. Many innovations from the 1930s have
Journalism & Civic News
They lost their local paper. So they created a new one--during the pandemic.
A local paper with a longer history than its home state suddenly shut its doors, for good, during the pandemic. How an entire community will
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
Organizational Irony in Small Town USA
What can a look at the paradoxes of power and failed leadership teach communities?
Exposing What was Already Present
The pandemic provides an opportunity to focus on justice and equity in Erie, Pennsylvania.
FROM THE READERS
'Our Towns' Viewer Response Roundup
Viewers respond to 'Our Towns' HBO documentary.
IMMIGRANTS & REFUGEES
Immigrants and refugees play vital cultural role in the city’s renaissance.
Erie Celebrates World Refugee Day with New Film, Publishes Directory of Refugee-Owned Businesses
ECONOMIC & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Tighe Bullock is working to building a vibrant, attractive downtown in West Virginia’s capital city.
Revitalizing Charleston, West Virginia Brick by Brick
Reviving the economy, restoring community, and helping sustainability: a plan.
Two Republican presidents -- Abraham Lincoln, and Dwight Eisenhower -- offered bold new approaches to transportation as part of their national strategy. A proposal