Author Archives: Cristina Davia

Local Innovation Makes Main Street a Town Square

​Main Street in Lyons, Nebraska, has suffered like the heart of many small towns across America as shops have closed—losing customers to declining population and replaced by distant big-box stores. With the ingenuity of a conceptual artist and built by local craftspeople in 2015, The Storefront Theater was installed in a vacant, brick façade, an innovation that continues to bring the community together. Read more... Read more

Making Space for Tiny Houses

​Tiny houses are attracting a lot of attention. Advocates often tout the affordability and environmental friendliness of living in very small homes. Meanwhile, skeptics and detractors see a passing fad and caution against embracing tiny houses as a distinct type of dwelling. The latest edition of PAS QuickNotes describes different types of tiny houses and explains how land-use and development regulations affect tiny-house living. Read more... Read more

Alabama’s Revamped Historic Tax Credit Aims to Spur Growth in Smaller Cities Too

Alabama’s renewed Historic Tax Credit program caps the total amount of tax credits per year at $20 million, and no single project can receive more than $5 million. There are some differences in the newest version, and chief among them is a requirement that 40 percent of the tax credits awarded each year be reserved for counties with 175,000 or fewer people. (That excludes Jefferson, Mobile, Madison, Montgomery, Baldwin, Shelby and Tuscaloosa counties). Read more... Read more
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