9 Great Places You've (Maybe) Never Heard Of, 2013 Edition

Each year, the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Great Places series highlights towns and cities that are working to create successful, sustainable communities. The 2013 choices are Arcata, Calif.; Ava, Mo.; Cumberland, Md.; Decorah, Iowa; Lander, Wyo.; Logan, Utah; Marfa, Texas; and Punta Gorda, Florida.

October/November 2013

By Kathryn Compton

Our annual Great Places series is an ongoing conversation about what makes communities work. Improvement is a process, and we like to give props to people who are doing what it takes to make their communities better.