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Coordination/Collaboration

Perhaps it's a legacy of pioneer days on a windy (and wintry) prairie, but Twin Citians seem to have a genius for working together. We're connectors and cooperators, a little bit suspicious of the extreme forms of individualism. Whether it's a business and cultural community that pulled together to being the lauded Guthrie Theater here nearly fifty years ago, or the many groups that are coordinating efforts to create an efficient but also socially equitable light-rail construction project, we tend to turn pride in our towns into cooperative efforts to make them better. This isn't to say we don't stand up for our neighborhoods (we're famous for it) and sometimes struggle to achieve a Minneapolis-AND-Saint-Paul perspective, but teamwork, not individual stardom, is our public-issue default setting.

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When and How Should the Public Participate in Design? The Commons Conundrum

The planning of the Commons, a two-block park in downtown Minneapolis, has captured the attention of the Twin Cities. What level of input should the public expect to have? At what stage of the project would public input have the most impact?  

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Pedals and Pints: A Guide to Your Own Bike Friendly Brewery Tour

All of these homegrown breweries are located on or near major bikeways, making for convenient — and safe — access. String two or three of these bike-friendly breweries together for a pedal-powered, DIY brewery tour.  

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Jump Into July with Makers, ArtCars, Movement and Beer

July arts, entertainment and culture highlights not to be missed in MSP, with a focus on makers of all sorts — of art, crafts, dance and beer.

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Transforming St. Paul's West 7th Into a Vibrant, Urban Life/Work/Play Corridor

The West 7th area near downtown St. Paul is transforming from a historic transportation artery into a vibrant, 24/7 live/work/play corridor with new residences, busy workplaces, transit opportunities, and hotspots for art, culture and entertainment.

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Woonerfs: Rethinking a Public Realm for Bicyclists, Pedestrians and Cars

As woonerfs take hold in MSP, perhaps in collaboration with the complete streets movement already underway, designers are rethinking how our public realm can function for pedestrians, bicyclists--and cars.
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