Presentation Title

Not your village, nor my village, but our town: A Community Resource Inventory for Swanzey, New Hampshire

Presentation Type

Poster

School

School of Arts and Humanities

Discipline

Geography

Mentor

Lara Bryant

Abstract

Small communities within the United States are experiencing encroaching urbanism that challenges them to protect "rural integrity" through community resource inventories that identify social assets for preservation. Swanzey, New Hampshire is experiencing this while seeking to protect their rural character and progress as a community. This study uses the emerging concept of New Ruralism to measure community value for social resources in order to provide proper preservation of rural character for the residents of the town. Survey dissemination is used as a measure of resident’s perception on important resources while soliciting recommendations through maps regarding essential community resources. Statistical analysis of collected data provides a better understanding of Swanzey’s rural character regarding what is relevant to preserve, support and provide for residents. This study incorporates the use of a New Ruralism model within Swanzey to create a strong future for the town that is grounded in heritage and shared community values.

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Not your village, nor my village, but our town: A Community Resource Inventory for Swanzey, New Hampshire

Small communities within the United States are experiencing encroaching urbanism that challenges them to protect "rural integrity" through community resource inventories that identify social assets for preservation. Swanzey, New Hampshire is experiencing this while seeking to protect their rural character and progress as a community. This study uses the emerging concept of New Ruralism to measure community value for social resources in order to provide proper preservation of rural character for the residents of the town. Survey dissemination is used as a measure of resident’s perception on important resources while soliciting recommendations through maps regarding essential community resources. Statistical analysis of collected data provides a better understanding of Swanzey’s rural character regarding what is relevant to preserve, support and provide for residents. This study incorporates the use of a New Ruralism model within Swanzey to create a strong future for the town that is grounded in heritage and shared community values.