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This is an online collaboration where you can suggest and discuss ideas for dealing with the challenges facing small towns.
To take part, click on an idea to read it, or click on a category to read all of the ideas in that area. Then rate or comment on an idea, or even take the next step and propose an idea.
Some of best ideas shared here will be discussed at the upcoming Symposium on Small Towns, June 7th and 8th at the University of Minnesota-Morris. Learn more and register here.
Do small towns have a future?
After cresting in the 1930s and 1950s, the rural population on the Northern Great Plains has steadily decreased. Younger people moved to cities. Older people tended to stay. That process has now reached a point where, unless something is done to alter the trend, when this generation of senior citizens is gone, the culture of the Northern Great Plains will virtually disappear, leaving a few islands of urban prosperity along its eastern edge. (05/08/2005)
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Do you have an idea about the future of small towns? Are the ideas you see not quite hitting the mark? Propose your own idea for the future of small towns!
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