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The Basics

Rural areas are known for strong community and traditional values, but also for lacking social and cultural opportunities.


What the Experts Say

History as cultural opportunity
Many small towns are rich in historic buildings, culture and craftspeople, all of which can help create social and cultural opportunities for residents. [Source 1, Source 2]

Cultural magnets
New York Mills, Minnesota, is a good example of a small town that has reinvented itself as something of a cultural magnet. [Source 1]

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Create a scenic loop
This is an idea that is working successfully. Two counties, two states, and two nations combined tourism resources to create a 280-mile drivable loop.

Go to www.selkirkloop.org and get the histo... Read more

From Fred Gonzalez of Spokane, WA on 05/16/05

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Make towns cheap enough for artists
The cities claim too much credit as arts hubs because they're where most art is MARKETED, not necessarily created.

Small towns you'll find consistently produce the talent that the cities are some... Read more

From Al Jones of Billings, MT on 05/12/05

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Tackle apathy and laziness to boost culture in small towns
Cultural opportunities are often cited as necessary lures to get young people and families to move to our small towns from the lively urban centers. I don't buy this. I've been presenting rural music... Read more

From Carol Ford of Milan, MN on 05/12/05

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