ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY

Unlocking Potential

At-risk youth in North Carolina hold the keys to flipping a decommissioned prison into a sustainable farm and community asset.

COLLABORATIONS & PARTNERSHIPS

Story Maps are at the Center of Community Collaboration in Kent, Ohio

New digital tools give communities innovative and engaging ways to tell their own stories. In Kent, Ohio, a community-wide collaboration among Kent State University, Main Street Kent, and the Kent Historical Society & Museum uses story maps to teach residents about the town's rich history. 

GEOJOURNALISM

Why Story Maps Matter

People understand the world through stories. People absorb their stories in ever-expanding ways. Here is a preview of a powerful, emerging form of digital story-telling, which we’ll be using frequently in this space.

GEOJOURNALISM

What would it sound like if technology leaders took their social responsibilities seriously? Like this.

How can the people who invented digital mapping technology avoid worrying about writing the next chapter in the history of disinformation?

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.

GEOJOURNALISM

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.

JOURNALISM & CIVIC NEWS

The New York Editor with an 'Our Towns' Vision for the Country as a Whole

Few people outside the publishing world knew of Dan Frank. Many benefitted from his vision, and skill--including anyone visiting this site.

PRESS

Writers discuss state of the US in documentary ‘Our Towns’

Hoda and Jenna talk with James and Deborah about 'Our Towns,' their documentary of the month.

Press

Opinion: Biden’s American Families Plan could rewrite American politics

“The value of community colleges in giving students technical skills for the jobs of the future was explained powerfully in 'Our Towns'...

PRESS

"it might be the most subversive movie in circulation right now."

HBO documentary ‘Our Towns’ visits 6 American cities and finds unity, not division.