Northfield Bikeable Community Workshop

Northfield should be the sort of city where bicycling makes a lot of sense because it’s small enough to put most destinations within a couple of miles, there are regional trail connections (existing and planned) we have multiple formal and informal cycling groups (lycra-clad road cyclists, off-road, gravel riders, seniors and cruisers) Carleton and St Olaf Colleges provide 5,000 students who are young, active, environmentally conscious people less likely …

Making change

I’m a fan of enlightenment and The Enlightenment, so any title like Social Change’s Age of Enlightenment is bound to get my attention.  It was enlightening, appropriately enough, and  reflects what we’ve been seeing emerge in Northfield: address social (as well as what I’d call institutional) issues by supporting the innovators and entrepreneurs who are working …

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Green roof update

My green roof had a tougher winter this year – lack of snow cover meant the relatively thin soil layer heated up and cooled down a lot.  Most of the plants did very well anyway, but a couple of sedum species had more winter kill.  No dandelion taproots have yet emerged through my kitchen ceiling …

Bicycling and the NRA

  Bike Advocacy from the NRA Playbook got my attention since I am pro-bike and but not pro-gun.  The idea is not to whip your handgun out of your saddlebag or jersey pocket to shoot the motorist who ran you off the road.  No, apparently the NRA’s success at growing the organization and its almost …

Northfield’s greenbelt

“How to protect America’s countryside from sprawl” got my attention because of the word countryside – a very British term – and because it’s not the rural side of the boundary which gets the attention, usually, but the development pattern inside cities.  Still, the “how” in the article is really just a list: There are …