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.
What would it sound like, if technology leaders took their social responsibilities seriously? It would sound like this.
Some of the people who invented digital mapping technology are worried about how their creation will be used. How can they avoid writing the
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
Greater than the Sum of Its Parts
How Gender and Racial Biases Create Ironies that Defeat Good Organizations
FROM THE READERS
From your towns to our inbox, notes from South Dakota and North Carolina and more.
“Our Towns” Reader Response Roundup features film screening feedback, a unique effort to support libraries nationwide, and national perceptions being addressed at the local level.
"Public art has the power to change space.”
“‘The Wonder Mural’ by Charly Hamilton changed an entire community. Through inclusion, Charly made a piece for the community by literally painting the community.”
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.
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