I’m taking a little break from writing today.
Instead, I’d like to refer you to a short series of posts on the Rurban Fringe.
Peter MacGibbon, Project Director at 3ci – Carleton Centre for Community Innovation talks about two approaches to rural redevelopment. One is humming along very successfully, the other seems to be tearing the small town apart.
With buckets of stimulus money available in the United States for redevelopment projects, there is much to be learned from this series about implementing an effective redevelopment approach.
I won’t interject my bias. I’d like to hear your thoughts after reading the posts. With readers from all over the world, it would be instructive to all of us to hear what is happening in other areas.
As an introduction, Exploring Rural Development, A Tale of Two Communities, Part I describes the two communities in some detail.
Both these villages are close to an urban center. Don’t let that detail stop you from reading further if you are in an area far removed from a big city.
These two posts speak well to the questions,
1. Who should initiate a rural development project?
2. Who should be in charge?
3. Who should benefit?
Is your town involved in a redevelopment project? How is it going?