So, you’d like a neighborhood grocery store…

Would you like to be less reliant on your car? Should I assume you even have a car? After all, they are expensive. Those are odd questions to ask in an article titled about local grocery stores, but they’re at the heart of the question that asks why our neighborhood grocery stores disappeared. Minot used

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When should local governments take on debt?

Flood protection, NAWS, road maintenance and construction, fire stations — these are just a few of the big ticket capital infrastructure projects we in Minot are trying to figure out how to pay for. That invites the question — when should we bond (take on debt) for these things and under what circumstances? Check out

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What would it look like if we really committed to #MakeMinotAccessible?

It’s one of those things that most of us take for granted — being able to go where we want, when we want, without logistics planning or concerns about how we’re going to get there. I’m talking about not having to worry about barriers like sets of stairs, steps, curbs, irregular thresholds, or the countless

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Seeing Minot With New Eyes Through a “Walking Audit”

Do you view car ownership as a luxury or as the standard? Your answer to the question — probably — informs more about how you view our community and the investments we should make than you realize. And one simple way to consider a different perspective — get out and walk. For more perspective on

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How Local Music Scenes Make our Cities Stronger

If you take a minute and think about what makes Minot unique, you probably won’t have to work hard to land on music. From the Minot Symphony and the Western Plains Opera to Why Not Fest, Leewok and all the regular music you can catch at places like Ebeneezers and Souris River Brewing, Minot’s music

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A Quiet, Country Life in the Middle of the City?

A home in the country — it’s a long-standing commonly held goal among many of us. We want the peace, tranquility, privacy. But it’s a desire in conflict with another common goal — vibrant, engaged, communities. It’s hard to have both. But in Savannah, Georgia, a set of colliding circumstances created a place that captures

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The Case for Small Commercial Spaces

What type of land development fosters an entrepreneurial ecosystem? If we think in terms of the biological ecosystem, we don’t have sustainability unless there are species at every level of the food chain. That metaphor speaks to a start-small mentality; this commentary from Strong Towns does also.

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Public engagement in local decisions evolving rapidly on the shoulders of technology

How do we awaken citizens from their apathy and get them engaged with the decisions being made in their communities? One town in Colorado made an investment in technology, trashed the traditional model that only allowed input at live meetings, and catered to the lives of their citizens. The result is a cross-section of public

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