This month, our Example of Awesome takes us to Fries, where town leaders used its physical assets to bring the town back to prosperity.
We skip our Cleveland update to take you to Roanoke, Virginia, where we asked attendees at the CityWorks Xpo about the essence of small towns, and in Maxwell’s Number, graduate student Maxwell Vandervliet tells us about the tiny towns in Appalachian Virginia.
Ethan Kent of the Project for Public Spaces talks about the importance of placemaking with this month’s expert tip, and we hear about the work of two faculty members and an extension agent. Robert Oliver and Valerie Thomas are charting micropolitan areas in Appalachia, while Sandy Shortridge shares an Appalachian heritage project with middle schoolers.
We close with three questions for Fries mayor Richard Farmer.