"How to radically revitalize America"

Katie McCaskey has lived a rural pattern that you'll recognize. She grew up in a small town, left for education and opportunity, moved back to a different small town later, and started a business. 
She's come to see small towns as a center of opportunity, as a place where entrepreneurs can step up and make a difference. She thinks dense, urban-style living can and does happen in small towns with compact downtowns, and she loves it. 
Katie wrapped up her experiences and her thinking in her Micropolitan Manifesto: How to Radically Revitalize America. Take 4 minutes now to read it. (Take an extra minute to savor the photos by Pat Jarrett.) 
How to Radically Revitalize America -- A Micropolitan Manifesto

More of Katie's Micropolitan views
I loved the Micropolitan Manifesto. Katie's talking about a lot of issues that you and I care about. 
So, after I read the Manifesto, I chased Katie down for a phone interview. We talked about a lot of small town issues:
  • moving away and moving home,
  • walkability in small towns
  • hobby businesses that become more
  • the coolest small town grocery store anywhere (beer garden??)
  • what makes a micropolitan cool?
  • what are our small town strengths?
  • rebounders coming back to small towns

PS - Starting next week, I'll be out of town (and completely unplugged) for a few weeks. I'm going to schedule some short emails to go out in that time (so you won't get lonely for your weekly dose of rural positivity). You can definitely reply to those emails, but I wanted you to know it will be a bit before I get back to you. 

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