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MSP's Big Picture Housing Needs: The McKnight Foundation Weighs In

McKnight Foundation president Kate Wolford and program officer Eric Muschler at Clare Midtown talk about the foundation's affordable housing initiatives and how well-designed affordable housing is a community asset with long-term benefits.

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Why MSP is the Once, Current and Future Internet of Things (IoT) Alley

There’s a movement afoot to rebrand MSP as “IoT Alley” in recognition of its historical and current innovations in the field of Internet to cloud devices. MSP startups, in fact, are leading current growth in the field.

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Takin' It To the Streets: New Food Trucks Coming to a Corner Near You

Birds are chirping, patios are open and soon food truck season begins in earnest. These new additions to our burgeoning mobile foodie scene show off MSP’s evolving restaurant culture, stimulate street life and generate community.

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The City as Your Living Room: Will Micro-Apts Go Macro in MSP?

Interest in micro-apartments is growing in MSP because of their affordability and design, the community spaces within the building and the city itself as the living room.

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How a Car-Free Calling Led to a Healthier, Fuller, Smaller-Footprint Life

Tami Traeger, Nice Ride MN's director of outreach and sponsor relationships, explains how a car-free calling led her to align her lifestyle with her values and smaller-footprint living.

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Community Developers Create Room to Mingle

Twin Cities community developers aim to create more public spaces in lower-income neighborhoods as common assets for all to enjoy.


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Legal Marijuana Spurs Entrepreneurialism, Gentrification in Denver

The Mile High City's booming marijuana industry has created and catalyzed thousands of jobs. While its impact rivals that of any single economic development initiative in the city's recent history, there are plenty of challenges and growing pains as well.

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Artist Liz Miller's installations explore the beauty in devastation

Minnesota installation artist Liz Miller--her collaboration with other local artists is on view at Public Functionary--"is fascinated with weapons, invasive species, and pattern/ornament/decoration. My installations reference beauty and violence."

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Why MSP is Leading the New DigiFab (Third Industrial) Revolution

We're experiencing the third industrial revolution in which MSP’s digital fabricators are innovatively building the future, one pixel at a time.  

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An L.A. Native and Her Husband Embrace the Pedal-Powered Lifestyle

Janis LaDouceur relocated to The North in the late 1980s and began a two-decade process of disengaging from car culture.Today, LaDouceur and her husband, Sean Burns, live an almost totally car-free lifestyle.

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Cultivating a Cinema of The North

In this essay, reprinted from MinnesotaPlaylist.com, Kevin Obsatz puts forward bold proposals for how filmmakers based in The North could create a body of signature, lasting work.

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10 Independent Bookstores To Get Cozy With This Winter

Searching for a book to get lost in? Ditch your computer and mobile devices, and plan a day trip exploring these distinct and community-minded local bookstores, many of which are celebrating decade birthdays in 2015.

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The Discussion Continues: Still More Reasons Why MSP is Capital of The North

In our follow up to our blockbuster story "Forget Midwest. We Are North," we look at why city leaders continue to believe MSP should be the first non-coastal city that knowledge workers and business leaders think of after Chicago.

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Cultivating Youth As Agents of Change Through Urban Agriculture

Youth programs with a focus on urban agriculture cultivate good health, leadership skills, community development and economic independence.
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