Grand Forks pilots parklets from concept to implementation

Grand Forks pilots parklets from concept to implementation

Recently, Grand Forks’ Planning and Community Development Department began using a small installation that has been popping up in cities all over the world - the parklet. We see this as another way to improve conditions for bicyclists and pedestrians and enhance downtown life. Focusing on people through human-scale design ensures that cities really are great places to visit, live, work, and play. by Stephanie Erickson

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Main Street Initiative well underway in North Dakota

Main Street Initiative well underway in North Dakota

The details of North Dakota’s newly elected Governor Doug Burgum's Main Street Initiative are still in process. However, it has become clear that the initiative is, in many ways, about the conversation itself, about elevating the issues of fiscally-responsible infrastructure, workforce development in a contemporary economy, and the creation of vibrant communities. In this respect, the Main Street Initiative is already well underway in North Dakota. by Daniel Nairn, AICP

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Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

Filling vacant spaces on Main Street is often one of the most challenging aspects of downtown development.  Many communities have struggled with the ghastly fissures in their urban fabric dating back to the days when urban renewal sought to modernize through demolition. by Matt Ashby, AICP CUD

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When Smart Growth America comes to town

When Smart Growth America comes to town

Community efforts to make its downtown a more walkable, attractive destination helped Anchorage win a national competitive award for Smart Growth America technical assistance. by Kristine Bunnell

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Placemaking in Historic Downtown Cheyenne Balancing Form and Function

Placemaking in Historic Downtown Cheyenne Balancing Form and Function

A placemaking effort looks at the pedestrian and urban design elements in downtown Cheyenne. by Sreyoshi Chakraborty, AICP

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Henderson updates downtown strategies

Henderson updates downtown strategies

The City of Henderson Redevelopment Agency in Nevada engages residents and businesses to update downtown reinvestment strategy.

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North Dakota: Reviving a downtown with placemaking

North Dakota: Reviving a downtown with placemaking

Downtown revitalization is a trend that has reached at least two cities in North Dakota – Fargo and Williston. by Rachel Laqua

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Harley-Davidson Rally Point in Downtown Sturgis, South Dakota

Harley-Davidson Rally Point in Downtown Sturgis, South Dakota

Sturgis works to develop a gathering space to help revitalize the downtown. by Jessica Holdren

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