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Chart of the Day: US Fertility Rate

Via Todd Graham on Twitter, this interesting chart of US fertility rates and total live births in the US: Todd was reacting to an article in Urban Wire about the “baby recession,” or the fact that people are having fewer children and thus spending less money on things like car seats and day care. The […]

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Transpo Convo: Kristen Biking With Her Son

[This is part of’s “transpo convo” series, which aims to be an oral history of getting around the Twin Cities, one person at a time.]  Kristen is a health care employee who cares deeply about community health and fitness.  She wants to set a good example for her family.  She has a bicycle trailer […]

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Parachute Cloth Mural Builds Community in South Minneapolis

How can a new school introduce itself to a community? Folwell Performing Arts Magnet School in south Minneapolis is using principals of placemaking and robust community engagement to create and install a 2,000 sq. ft. public mural to say “hello” to their neighborhood. Folwell, located at the border of the Corcoran and Standish neighborhoods (20th Ave S […]

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Alexandria’s New High School: An Upgrade?

The new high school in Alexandria, MN was highlighted as a model of innovation in a piece by Jenna Ross in Sunday’s StarTribune. This $73.2 million high school, recently heralded “the Googleplex of Schools” by technology magazine Fast Company, reflects a broader shift in education and is already becoming a template. Students have given more […]

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Magic Parks

Feeling like you’re ready for some green to return to the Minnesota outdoors? Me too. Let this very brief promo video I made for the Minneapolis Saint Paul regional parks system whet your appetite and imagination. Summer is coming. is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the […]

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Public Spaces

The last in the series of four videos from the Knight Foundation featuring Gil Penalosa and his thoughts on public spaces as an essential piece to creating livable cities. is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider […]

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