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Alexis, Bella, and Robin take in some advice from Fritze Till, director of Walpole Community Garden, and permaculture practitioner.

New Hampshire VISTAs

Head’s up: this isn’t a piece about nice scenery. One thing about New Hampshire that’s special (though it probably shouldn’t be) is that it’s pretty easy for a young New Hampshire resident to get involved and effect positive change in their communities. Democracy and community building are definitely not spectator sports in the Granite State. For […]

Jordan with her mom and business partner Lori.

Jozach Jewelers – Young Entrepreneurs in NH

One of my favorite things about living in New Hampshire is that young people have access to lots of resources and are given a lot of room to run. Last month, I wrote about Jesse Demars, a young entrepreneur who owns the Java Cup in Claremont. Jesse’s story isn’t unique. Because the cost of entry […]

Jesse Demars admires the art on the wall at the Java Cup.

The Java Cup – Young Entrepreneurs in NH

When I first moved to Claremont, a few years ago, finding a good coffee shop was right near the top of my priority list. Lucky for me, we’ve got a few. Like any mill town worth its salt, Claremont is full of great diners. But the Java Cup is a little different… mostly because of […]

Katie sizes up the climbs at Rumney's Waimea cliff.

Climbing in New Hampshire

When I talk about New Hampshire to people from other areas, one of the first things I hit is the quality of our outdoor recreation. Here in Claremont, I can ski, hike, flyfish, and access brand-new mountain biking trails all within ten minutes of my house. And that’s not uncommon for our state – both […]

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Rock and a Hard Place: The Claremont MakerSpace

This is the fourth article in a series dealing with expanding arts and cultural offerings in Claremont, New Hampshire. We’re trying to unpack how a community can approach expanding these amenities to attract young people without putting pressure on existing residents. For more, please see part 1, part 2, and part 3. In my last article, I spoke with […]

A young student gives a recital.

Rock and a Hard Place: The WCCMA

This is the third article in a series dealing with expanding arts and cultural offerings in Claremont, New Hampshire. We’re trying to unpack how a community can approach expanding these amenities to attract young people without putting pressure on existing residents. For more, please see part 1 and part 2.  At the beginning of this series, I […]

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Rock and a Hard Place – Claremont and Displacement

Last time I sat down to write for this blog, I poured out some relatively unstructured thoughts on gentrification, the arts, and the kinds of amenities that attract young professionals. There’s a potentially problematic relationship between these three things – one wherein an emphasis on arts, culture, and the kinds of things young people love […]

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Rock and a Hard Place – Arts and Gentrification

It’s not a new story. The run down section of town goes unused for years. The rents slip, and spaces open up (driving rents even lower). And then slowly, attracted to the low cost of living and with an aptitude for seeing glimmer through the grit, a few hipsters and artists move in, and slowly […]

Burger night at NeW Socials.

A Tale of Two Restaurants

In a recent article in the Boston Globe, writers Patricia Harris and David Lyon described Claremont, New Hampshire as a “surprisingly foodie town.” And it’s true – as the city’s economy has improved, the restaurant sector has bounced back in a big way. From where I sit in the Planning and Development office, this is […]