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Spring Green: The Rose Sets A New National Sustainability Standard for Affordable Housing

A recently completed affordable-housing complex in the South Quarter of Minneapolis is arguably the most healthy and sustainable in the U.S.    
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Sounds True: St. Paul Celebrates All Genres During Year of Music

In declaring 2016 the Year of Music, the City of St. Paul showcases all of the music genres, schools, initiatives and venues thriving throughout the city as economic drivers and cultural amenities.
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May Arts and Culture: MSP Makers

Makers—the artists, entrepreneurs, innovators (aren’t they all the same?) who brighten lives with their joy of creativity and aesthetic panache—highlight May’s selections. Art-A-Whirl, of course. But the MSP Maker Faire is big news, too.  
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Transit-oriented development in Standish-Ericsson would build density

The Lander Group and Forteva have announced plans for a multi-unit retail and apartment complex on 38th Street in Minneapolis’ Standish-Ericsson neighborhood. The multi-phase project will reshape 38th Avenue west from the Blue Line light-rail station, and feature ...
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From weeHouse to lightHouse: Alchemy Architects debuts high-style, small-footprint prototype

Since Geoffrey Warner and his firm, Alchemy Architects in St. Paul, debuted the weeHouse in 2003, the modular prefabricated housing system, which optimizes many elements of the traditional design-build process, has become a Dwell darling and a hit on the tiny-house ...
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Minneapolis' C-TAP: Free Assistance for Co-Op Founders

The City of Minneapolis is launching a free technical assistance program for budding co-op founders, starting with a two-hour presentation on April 20th.   Dubbed C-TAP (Cooperative Technical Assistance Program), the initiative is an outgrowth of the city’s ...
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Player's Health, an injury management app, wins top prize at Google Demo Day

Player’s Health, a sports medicine startup based out of COCO’s Northeast Minneapolis hub, has made quite a name for itself in the short time it’s been in Minnesota. Last week, the company earned top prize at Google Demo Day, arguably the United ...
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Schulze School of Entrepreneurship hosts crash course in "human-centered design"

On May 13, the University of St. Thomas’s Schulze School of Entrepreneurship hosted at least 50 MSP and Greater Minnesota nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs at DesignHack!, a one-of-a-kind event billed as a crash course in “human centered ...
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Two St. Paul Initiatives Win Knight Cities Challenge

Knight Cities Challenge, a massive social enterprise contest supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, announced the 37 winners of its 2016 competition last week. Two innovative concepts hatched in St. Paul made the cut, taking home more than $250,000 (of ...
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Summit Hill and Crocus Hill

The large, comfortable houses that repose on green lawns here are within walking distance of one of the liveliest retail areas in Saint Paul: Victoria and Grand. Café Latte, right at the intersection, is a civic institution, famed for its beyond-rich desserts, and for many blocks in both directions some of Grand Avenue's best-loved businesses can be found: the independent Red Balloon kids' bookshop; Sunny Sky, a Chinese antique store that also sells rare teas from the Middle Kingdom; the brand-new, design-savvy Dixie-Caribbean eatery called Brasa, and a host of other establishments, many of them in converted family houses.