Archive | My Space

RSS feed for this section
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 […]

cottage cluster Portland OR

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 […]


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 […]

Photo submitted by Jenna Anand; taken at Loon Mountain

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 […]

A couple of bona fide young people having fun at Taco Tuesday with the Workforce Housing Coalition!

Housing Policy with a Side of Beer, Please!

It is autumn in New Hampshire. The temperatures are cooling, pumpkin spice is back, and we are in the thick of conference season! I attend a fair amount of conferences and other events for work and, not surprisingly, I am often the youngest person in the room. Is this because young people don’t care or […]


Art for Change

The artists who lived in Portsmouth in the 1970s can’t afford to live here anymore. Russ Grazier, Co-Founder and CEO of Portsmouth Music & Arts Center, went on to elaborate on this cyclical phenomenon: artists are attracted to depressed areas they can afford; they invest in these communities through their art; the communities become attractive […]