Help Change and Thrive — What are your Place-Values?

Good news – is changing its mission.

Since began in 2011*, we’ve had a value-neutral mission about “expanding and enhancing the conversation” around important and often-misunderstood issues like land use, transportation, and urban design.

At the beginning, this value-neutrality was set up deliberately. As an organization, we don’t want to have a clear positions about questions like “Is the Southwest Light Rail good or bad?” or “Will robot cars be great or terrible?”

Those are interesting questions, and we want individual authors to share their thoughts without forcing them into a narrow agenda. That’s the point of!

But after years of growing the conversation around a thousand different topics, it’s clear to the Board of Directors that would benefit from a mission that better expresses our shared values.

That’s why we’re re-writing our mission, and we need your help.

Candy Chang’s “before I die” board in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The main part of our engagement process is a public, collective brainstorm to help guide the Board as we work on our new Mission and Values statement for the organization.

To do this, we’re stealing a page out of the Candy Chang placemaking playbook. You might know her as a public artist behind the “Before I Die…” chalkboards that first popped up in New Orleans.

We want all our readers to brainstorm together what you want to see in a future Minnesota.

Click here now to share your vision.

Please take a hot second and share a vision for the future. What kind of home do you want? What kind of place do you want to live? What kind of streets do you want to enjoy in the future?

Feel free to let your imagination run free. Fill it out as many times as you like. Your answers will direct the Board as we write a mission and values that reflect our community’s vision for the future of Minnesota.

Share a thought about a great place.


Bill Lindeke, Board Chair


*Holy moly, it can’t possibly have been that long?

Bill Lindeke

About Bill Lindeke

Pronouns: he/him

Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.