Episode 19

Our Towns

Smaller towns often offer the same amenities and face the same problems as larger cities do. We sample small and medium-sized cities to see how some are evolving into desirable urban destinations while others are still left behind.

Think Small

Unattached to major metropolitan areas, we visit three communities where remade downtowns are regional draws.

  • Going Green: Greenville, SC
  • Design Center: Columbus, IN
  • SLO Motion: San Luis Obispo, CA

Mid-sized

We look at how three mid-sized cities are working to make their downtowns more appealing.

  • Mountain Retreat: Asheville, NC

  • Pipe Dreams: Flint

  • Fish & Sips: Portland, ME

Urban Suburbia

Several close-in suburbs have become de facto downtowns offering up everything from highrise offices and luxury condos to a wealth of retail and cultural options plus some are right on mass transit lines.

  • Bellevue: Seattle

  • Clayton: St Louis

  • Tysons: Washington DC

  • Going Green: Greenville, SC
  • Design Center: Columbus, IN
  • SLO Motion: San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Mountain Retreat: Asheville, NC
  • Pipe Dreams: Flint
  • Fish & Sips: Portland, ME
  • Bellevue: Seattle
  • Clayton: St Louis
  • Tysons: Washington DC