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Top row: “Shadow of the Past, Court Street, from “Windows of Portsmouth, Elissa Von Letkemann; “Sprouted” by Kate Knox; “If I Lived Here, I’d be Home by Now”, Lindsay Gwinn Parker

Bottom row: “Neighbors”, Bri Custer; “Home Landing”, Artful Harper Studios; “No Trucks on McDonough”, Stacey Durand

Where We Live

I’ve written about art as a catalyst for social change before. In today’s housing crisis, artists are among the victims of high costs, limited inventory, and gentrification, but many are realizing they can use their art as a catalyst for change. Similar to charrettes, Where We Live draws on the belief that visual representations of home […]

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Meet Local Leader Lovey Roundtree Oliff of Exeter

Here on the Stay Work Play blog, we’re celebrating young leaders across the state who have stepped up to participate in the political process! “Meet Local Leader…” is a series highlighting the people under forty (or close enough) who are leading their communities at the local level! Meet Lovey! Lovey Roundtree Oliff was born in […]

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Missing Middle Housing

Remember when I wrote In Defense of the Rural Millennial and urged New Hampshire’s smaller, more rural communities to take an active role in solving the state’s housing crisis? Welcome to a new series Housing Solutions for Rural New Hampshire. Here you’ll find practical advice for how New Hampshire’s smaller, more rural communities can be […]

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What the Heck is Vacancy Rate?

If you’ve been following along with New Hampshire’s housing crisis, you’ve probably heard the experts talk about the state’s vacancy rate. Have you ever wondered what “vacancy rate” means or why we care so much about it? Put very simply, vacancy rate refers to the percent of rental units that are unoccupied. According to New […]

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Local Government Goes Digital

Coronavirus has posed a particular challenge to municipalities since public meetings require a public location where the meeting is “open to the public” and public bodies cannot prohibit people from attending the meeting at the public location. The NH Municipal Association encouraged municipalities to cancel or postpone meetings, if possible, or provide an alternative means […]

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Our Strength is Our Communities

Every five years, the Regional Economic Development Center Serving Southern NH (REDC) hosts visioning sessions to give folks in its service area an opportunity to participate in the creation of the goals that will guide their Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the next five years.  Among other things, participants at each of these visioning […]

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Meet Local Leader Mike Giacomo of Keene

Here on the Stay Work Play blog, we’re celebrating young leaders across the state who have stepped up to participate in the political process! “Meet Local Leader…” is a series highlighting the people under forty who are leading their communities at the local level! Meet Mike Giacomo! A chemical engineer by day, Mike Giacomo is […]