Ever dreamed of picking up and moving some place, well, greener? Mother Earth News has a new list of eight unexpected small town spots where people are putting down deep roots.
We think there's an emerging ideal of green that puts community first: link people together with strong bonds, and you'll give them a strong incentive to better the place they share. That's the explanation Mother Earth News gives for some of the great developments in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, one of the eight great places.
When people get together and ask these kinds of questions, they often decide to right past wrongs. As the article explains:
"What do we have here that's worth protecting and enhancing? What does Eau Claire need in order to be a better place?" In brainstorming sessions called "The Idea Lounge," participants identified the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire Rivers as one of the city's finest assets — a valuable link to the area's heritage — even though its industrial years (sawmills, coal tar plant, battery factory, etc.) had left deep scars.
Residents also identified a need for a grocery store downtown (this is a key part of keeping downtowns alive) and started a farmer's market, shown here.
If you live in, or have you been to one of the eight great places listed below, let us know your impressions.
• Bellingham, Washington
• Ukiah, California
• Eau Claire, Wisconsin
• Paonia, Colorado
• Ocean Springs, Mississippi
• Dixon, New Mexico
• Brattleboro, Vermont
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