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The Twin Cities design community is every bit as diverse, skilled, and distinguished as its artistic community. Our architectural heritage stretches back to Cass Gilbert and keeps producing innovative and iconoclastic builders, from Ralph Rapson to Sarah Susanka. Graphic design, on its own and allied with our legendary advertising community, has given our towns a whole range of sophisticated visual identities, from large ad campaigns to extremely cool band posters. Web design is currently building on that graphic legacy and taking it in amazing new directions. And a rich heritage of crafts, including distinguished pottery traditions, has made the Twin Cities a national center of the practical arts.

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Green Line Tree Trenches

Rain as a Resource: St. Paul Innovates Shared, Sustainable Stormwater Management

The City of St. Paul and its partners are utilizing an innovative method of managing stormwater to restore natural water systems, incorporate green infrastructure into sustainable communities and improve the urban ecosystem. 

No. Mpls. street closed to traffic

Seven Ways Automobility Undermines a City's Bottom Line, from Least to Most Direct

Having an auto-oriented city comes at a cost and leaves cities in precarious financial positions, with lots of commitments but with a reduced and devalued tax base.

Proposed ADU in St. Paul by Greta Vick

A Good Thing for St. Paul: A Pilot ADU Project Along the Green Line Invites Creative Possibilities

The St. Paul City Council has voted to allow ADUs from Emerald to Lexington avenues along University, a pilot project that will bring creative possibilities for density, affordable housing and multi-generational living to the Central Corridor.

Amy Rice's textiles

November Arts and Culture: Holiday Markets (and Makers) Galore

For MSP makers, this month is among the busiest of the year as they sell their wares at holiday markets, boutiques and pop-ups happening at a crazy pace. But you can also tour a renovated machine shed and enjoy open art studios before the big freeze.    

The opening of Capital City Bikeway

Capital City Bikeway: St. Paul Inaugurates First Portion of Dedicated Bike Loop

The first portion of the Capital City Bikeway opened this month, symbolizing St. Paul’s commitment to a new, dedicated biking infrastructure downtown.
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