What do the towns of Newport in Vermont and Damariscotta and Camden in Maine have in common besides waterfront? They are all examples of a new approach to community building and planning.
If you looked only at their economic profiles, you would say “not much.” According to the 2000 Census, Newport’s population of 5,005 has an average family income of $34,922. Damariscotta has a population of 2,041, with an average family income of $47,105. Camden has 5,254 people and an average household income of $56,439. What they lack in economic similarities, however, they share in community building. And they are all examples of a new approach to planning.
Published in the Boston Federal Reserve's Communities & Banking publication. Spring 2012