Placemaking Spotlight: Natchez, Mississippi

Overlooking the Mississippi River, Natchez, Mississippi, is a quaint Southern town rich in history, culture, and hospitality. One of the first European settlements in the Mississippi River Valley, Natchez was originally home to the Natchez tribe. French settlers established a fort on the current site of the town on August 3, 1716, drawn to its…

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Placemaking Spotlight: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Coeur d’Alene offers beautiful views and embraces placemaking values Coeur D’Alene is a city located in northwest Idaho known for its beautiful lakes, the most famous being its namesake, Lake Coeur D’Alene. Home to more than 55 lakes, the Canfield Mountain Natural Area, McEuen Park, and Coeur d’Alene National Forest, this town is perfect for…

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Placemaking Spotlight: Columbia, MO

Making Cultural Headway in the Missouri Heartland Recognized as one of the nation’s top 10 college towns and one of the best places in the nation to live, Columbia, Missouri, is known for the small-town comforts, community spirit, and big-city culture that make it a prime example of placemaking excellence. Affectionately known as “CoMo,” Columbia…

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Placemaking Spotlight: Oxford, Mississippi

Southern Charm and Smart Design There’s a popular saying among residents of Oxford, Mississippi: “We get to live here.” It’s so popular, in fact, that it has become a hashtag that the town’s 25,000 residents share with pride on social media. And with good reason. Named after another university town—Oxford, England—the idyllic city is often…

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Placemaking Spotlight: New Harmony, Indiana

A Quirky Utopian Town Embraces its Past while Forging its Future Tucked away on the southwestern tip of Indiana on the banks of the Wabash River, the tiny town of New Harmony has evolved from an 1800s social experiment into a modern-day spiritual sanctuary and gathering place for scientists, spiritualists, artists, and scholars. Its placemaking…

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