The Rise of Small Towns

This picture was taken in Penn Yan, which is another small town that is 25 minutes from Geneva.  According to Wikipedia, Penn Yan is short for “Pennsylvania Yankee”.

I’m probably paying more attention to small communities because I now live in one.  Nevertheless, there seems to be some exciting work going on in many smaller, rural communities these days.  This shift toward hip, sustainable, walkable, local-biz friendly communities is being documented by a number of authors, including the following:

  • Katie McCaskey:  How to Radically Revitalize America:  A Micropolitan Manifesto (check out the PDF – it’s succinct and very nicely put together)
  • Catherine Tumber:  Small, Gritty and Green: The Promise of America’s Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World
  • Barry Moltz and Becky McCray:  Small Town Rules:  How Big Brands and Small Businesses Can Prosper in a Connected Economy

It’s exciting to live in one of these places.  Sometimes it seems like you can feel the transformation taking place.  In no small part thanks to all the work being done by citizens and local businesses alike.