August/September 2012


Special Issue: Rural Challenges, Rural Choices

Water War, Southern Style

Georgia's 20-year battle with Florida and Alabama enters a new phase, and Craig Pittman wades in.

Farming at the Fringe

Exurban areas are embracing family farms — as Adam Regn Arvidson reports. A Sustaining Places story.

What's Next for Quebec's Northern Frontier?

A look at an ambitious plan for the province's lightly populated but resource-rich northern territory. By David F. Brown and Ginette Lamontagne.

Pipeline Safety on Trial

Allen Best explains why the stakes are high for everyone in the Keystone pipeline debate. With a sidebar about hydrofracking by Tom Daniels.

Lasting Value

An excerpt from Rick Pruetz's recent APA Planners Press book celebrates some remarkable efforts to save rural areas. In Planning Practice.

Fighting for Survival in Small Town America

Carole Moore describes three rural places that are thriving despite a down economy, plus one web-only profile.


A regular column by APA's CEO, Paul Farmer.


Drilling and roads, pot farm.

Legal News

Public trust waters, commercial signs.

By the Numbers

Statistics in the news — compiled by APA's Research Department. This month: rural America.

Ever Green

Tim Beatley revisits Rachel Carson's Silent Spring.


Trams missing, proofreading alert.

Planners Library

Inside Oregon, urbanism for the elderly.


Guide to growth, parking winners.


Planners as first responders.

Cover: Fall harvest in unincorporated Kane County, Illinois. Photo by Janice Hill, AICP.