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Community Development Headlines - September CDS UpFront

Compiled by Timothy Collins, Assistant Director, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs

Featured Stories

Rivers Are People, Too


In August of last year, the Whanganui River gained its citizenship. Under New Zealand law, the third-longest river in the country will be recognized as a person “in the same way a company is, which will give it rights and interests,” according to a spokesman for the Minister of Treaty Negotiations. This is the first time a legal identity has been conferred on a single river, though in 2008 Ecuador passed a similar rule to give its forests, lakes, and waterways rights on par with humans in order to ensure protection from harmful practices...

Painting Petros, One Portrait at a Time

A visual artist teaches himself to paint by capturing the images of the people in his small, East Tennessee town. More than a decade later, the project continues to give the community a new vision of itself...

More Headlines

A Map Of America's Future: Where Growth Will Be Over The Next Decade

The Emerging Geography of Inequality

Southern California's Road Back

Rust Belt Chic and the Keys to Reviving the Great Lakes

Why the Size of Your City's Middle Class Matters Even if You're Not In It

Inequality of the Largest U.S. Metropolitan Areas

One in 20 American Kids Is Extremely Obese

Mountain Grown: Appalachia's New Local Food Economy

Market Improves Physical, Economic Health

Co-Op Academy Teaches Workers to Build Green and Cooperative Businesses

The Best U.S. Metros for Recent College Grads Looking for Work

Over 50% of Food Stamp Recipients Live in the Suburbs

A Meditation on Cities and the Need for Peaceful Places

Community-Driven Conservation

Financing Water Reform in the Western United States

Native Health Program Recruits from Within

The Art of Infrastructure

View from the Levee: No One's Home

How Advocates Can Talk to Rural America

Speak Your Piece: Rural Policy's Dog Days

Want to Change the World (and Not Get Burnt Out)? Start with Your Neighborhood

Scale, Schmale. What About Impact?

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Charts of Note - September

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