Discovering ‘Cultural Debris’: Making a Big World Small By Paying Attention to Permanent Things

Sharing what we experience when we travel can open communities to themselves and others.


What Midwest Industrial Communities Can Teach About Managing Economic Change

With a great convergence on both sides of the Atlantic around the urgent need to diminish geographic economic disparities and opportunity gaps — particularly those between thriving global city regions and struggling communities in industrial heartlands – there are growing efforts to learn from each other.


Global Effort Takes Libraries to the People

Libraries Without Borders finds innovative ways to meet community residents where they are to provide equitable access to the range of services today’s libraries offer.

How-To Models

Democrats Should Talk About Place-Based Policy

Read the story in The Atlantic  here. Deb Fallows on part of the farm near Guymon, Oklahoma, where Caroline Henderson wrote her “Letters from the Dust Bowl” series for The Atlantic in the 1930s. At the time, the area was a thriving farm community. Now it is deserted. (James Fallows / The Atlantic) Staying versus […]

Civic Life

The Reinvention of America

Americans don’t realize how fast the country is moving toward becoming a better version of itself.

Economic & Business Development

The Battle for Downtown, From Canada to the Carolinas

"It is strange, but true." What one reader says about Raleigh, North Carolina, applies many other places as well.

Economic & Business Development

More on Nice Downtowns: Do They Just Happen? Or Are They Made?

Tampa has kept trying to revive its downtown, and has kept failing. Asheville has been wildly successful—but was it even trying at all?

Economic & Business Development

Nice Downtowns: How Did They Get That Way?

"Visitors think, 'That's just how Seattle is.' But it wasn't." Lessons via places ranging from Fresno to Shanghai.