Textiles mills once dominated the Haw River’s economy. But by the 1990s, most of the mills had closed and the mill towns struggled to survive. In recent years, mill structures have been rehabbed for a new generation of residents, and a wide variety of new uses.
There are so many different kinds of small towns, that they almost defy categorization. But most small towns do share one characteristic that affects planning: smaller budgets. This means planning commissions usually have few (if any) staff to rely on — and, instead, commissioners must educate themselves about a wide range of planning issues.
We hope that the Planners Web & Planning Commissioners Journal can serve as a valuable educational supplement for small town planning commissioners. While many articles & postings under other topic headings on our site will be helpful, those listed below may be of particular interest.
Taking a look at the critically important economic impact that cultural tourism has in North Carolina’s Triangle region.
It’s not every day that university and town perspectives on a key issue are closely aligned. But that’s the case in the small town of Storrs, Connecticut, where the University of Connecticut and the Town of Mansfield both agree that what they really want an need is a new downtown center.
Gaining a solid understanding of your community’s natural and built environment will lay the groundwork for more effective planning.
Discovering sometimes hidden community assets can lead to big economic benefits.
There’s been a dramatic change in the mission of a growing number of libraries across the country. No longer just static repositories of books and reference materials, libraries are increasingly serving as the hub of their communities, providing a broad range of services and activities.
One small Michigan city is focusing its efforts on building a strong downtown. A look at some of the challenges and opportunities facing Niles, Michigan.
I sat in on a meeting of the Elkhart County, Indiana, Plan Commission. On the agenda: a proposed zoning amendment to regulate digital electronic signs. It’s a fascinating, and challenging issue — one facing communities across the country.
How the public library has become the community hub for the town of Hudson, Ohio — and the key to a strong downtown and main street..
Enjoying a day off in a unique American small town: Cooperstown, New York.
In Cooperstown, New York, I met with Terry Bliss and heard about the job of a rural, small county planning director — who loves baseball (and is sure in the right place for that!)
Those are the words that Stephen Coronella used to describe the role of the Putney, Vermont, public library. Like a harbor. It provides a place where people can dock themselves for a while, socialize with others, and feel some comfort and security.
I returned to the small town of Richford, Vermont, as the starting point of my travel plans for this Spring. I had visited Richford last Summer to first learn about the Main Street Mill redevelopment.