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A View from the Twin Cities

Is MSP really Greater? A brief look at the Human Ecology of Minnesota’s Twin Cities reveals tremendous upside along with numerous challenges.

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The Power of Play in the Public Square

The renovated Place de la République shows the power of the public square.

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The Pursuit to Turn Data Into Action

As most ardent supporters of data will admit, even the most sophisticated indicator needs something more: community buy-in.

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Urban Thoughts in a Medieval City

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Whole Foods in Richmond

Known for its organic, fair-trade, and costly fare, Whole Foods has become a staple as well as a trend-setter in the food industry. Its impending arrival in Richmond highlights important issues and challenges facing the city.

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Thriving Cities Featured Again on Milwaukee Public Radio

Thriving Cities investigator, David Flowers, gets featured again by Milwaukee Public Radio.

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Snapshots of City Life: Parking Lots, Urban Farming, and Other Stories

A collection of online stories that highlight and examine different facets of city life.

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City Soul—An Interview with Cardus' Milton Friesen

Religious institutions in their varied forms are to the social fabric of cities what swamps and bogs are to the ecological landscape. Cities that are serious about attending to the various social challenges in their communities cannot afford to be snobbish about a scarce resource.

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Coming Together: Food and Art in the City

In an era of entrenched urban divisions and diminishing public spaces, food and art can be powerful mediums of connection and unity. A recent conference explored what that looks like.

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What are the Challenges of the City today?

The Urbanization Project recently brought together urban policy scholar Richard Florida, economist Paul Romer, and sociologist Robert Sampson for a panel on "The Challenge of the City" in which they addressed the challenges and potential for cities in the next hundred years.

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