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Coordination/Collaboration

Perhaps it's a legacy of pioneer days on a windy (and wintry) prairie, but Twin Citians seem to have a genius for working together. We're connectors and cooperators, a little bit suspicious of the extreme forms of individualism. Whether it's a business and cultural community that pulled together to being the lauded Guthrie Theater here nearly fifty years ago, or the many groups that are coordinating efforts to create an efficient but also socially equitable light-rail construction project, we tend to turn pride in our towns into cooperative efforts to make them better. This isn't to say we don't stand up for our neighborhoods (we're famous for it) and sometimes struggle to achieve a Minneapolis-AND-Saint-Paul perspective, but teamwork, not individual stardom, is our public-issue default setting.

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

Tami Traeger, Nice Ride MN's outreach and sponsor relationship manager, 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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A Long Way From Surface Parking Lots: Downtown East's Rapid Transformation

Downtown East could soon become the national face of MSP; quite a step up for a neighborhood that barely existed a decade ago.

The Centennial Chromagraph, fabricated in the DigiFab Lab to celebrate the U of M School of Architecture's history

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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