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Designing Downtowns (Rebroadcast)

Cities and towns around New Hampshire have been working to revitalize and even resurrect their central cores, renovating abandoned buildings, creating walk-able main streets and affordable housing. We’ll look in on these efforts and also the challenges of financing them, while attracting businesses and others to take up the downtown lifestyle.


  • Ben Frost: Director of Public Affairs for the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority.
  • Kerrie Diers: Executive Director of the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, which serves thirteen communities in southern New Hampshire.
  • Robbie Grady- Executive Director of the Goffstown Main Street Program. She also facilitates the New Hampshire Vibrant Communities Organization, which includes several towns working to revitalize their towns.

We'll also hear from:

  • Dan Scanlon- a licensed NH real estate broker who also serves on the New Hampshire Commercial Board of Realtors.
Laura is well known in New Hampshire for her in-depth coverage of important issues and is widely regarded for her interviews with presidential hopefuls. Laura is a graduate of Keene High School in New Hampshire. Prior to hosting The Exchange, Laura worked in public radio in Washington, D.C. as a local reporter and announcer for WAMU and as a newscaster for NPR. Before her radio career, she was a researcher for USA Today's "Money" section, and a research assistant at the Institute for International Economics. Laura occasionally guest hosts national programs such as The Diane Rehm Show and Here and Now. In 2007 Laura was named New Hampshire Broadcaster of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.
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