A breath of hope for America on North Dakota’s Enchanted Highway

News: A breath of hope for America on North Dakota’s Enchanted Highway

Extending South of Interstate 94 in Western North Dakota, you’ll find an oddity that is uniquely and inspiringly American. It is the Enchanted Highway, and with all the negativity that surrounds us these days, one journalist from Chicago sees it as a sign that our path out of the morass is in front of us. Read the full story on the Chicago Tribune. Image by Will Kincaid with...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Let’s Reconnect With Our Streets

Have we reached a point where we’re more likely to have a relationship with our car than our neighbors? Perhaps that’s because we’ve lost touch with our connection point — our streets. It used to be that these keystones of our community were places to come together, now they’re conveyances out of our neighborhoods to our places of work.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Commentary: How America Will Turn Itself Around?

While a growing minority of us pick which side of the line (on any given issue) to stand on, there’s another group of people losing trust in all of it. Perhaps instead of choosing sides and, thus, who to distrust, we start listening to those who are watching our larger trends? What they’re seeing is a renaissance in civic revival. If you want to hear more, listen here.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Commentary: 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 both. Is there a model here worth copying? Have a read at Strong...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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An Illustrated Celebration of Jane Jacobs and Her Legacy of Livable Cities

Commentary: An Illustrated Celebration of Jane Jacobs and Her Legacy of Livable Cities

What makes a place remarkable? Maria Popova explores the question through an exploration of Jane Jacobs life. Her conclusion: “Out of this arises the awareness that a city, like a niche in nature, is an ecosystem. The synergy of its various human and nonhuman components — neighborhoods, parks, stores, streets, sidewalks — is what makes it thrive.”  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Lyft is buying legitimacy through its deal with bike-share company

Lyft is expanding it’s transportation network horizontally — at least in the economic sense. Horizontal integration means they’re attempting to capture another transportation avenue, and in this case, it’s through the nation’s most successful bike-share company. It’s a noteworthy development as we keep an eye on trends filtering out in the successful urban centers of our country.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: The number of Americans working for themselves could triple by 2020

The pace at which the world is changing seems to be on the increase, and one of the big transitions taking place: the way we make our money. The corporate ladder is no longer the goal. Instead, workers with valuable skills are choosing quality and autonomy of life over the perception of prestige. Trends like this will matter in Minot as we look to make a place that...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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The untold good news story of America today; rise of the local political class

News: The untold good news story of America today; rise of the local political class

This is Minot. The optimism shaping American towns and cities is overwhelming the national political negativity. The article is rich with quotes, here’s one: “So we are about to see a burst of institutional innovation and private investment in the US which will take New Localism to a whole other level.” Follow the link to the BBC to read the whole article.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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