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2018’s Greatest Hits (and misses)

Because it’s New Year’s Eve, it must be time to review 2018, right? What I Read in 2018 Although my favorite novel of the year was Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight, I’m having a huge amount of fun with The Art of … Continue reading

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Dear Representative Bly

So, Senator Kevin Dahle’s tweet about LGA sparked a recent post and now my state representative David Bly’s newsletter has me blogging on a related issue. Really, the issue is how can the public conversation begin to address the relationship between … Continue reading

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Rarely economical disappointing development

First, the NY Times series on subsidies and now the Strib has Art Rolnick (former head of research at the Minneapolis Fed) and business writer Mike Meyers bringing the Times’ information back to Minnesota in the context of Governor Dayton’s … Continue reading

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New CommunityMatters partnership

Some of my favorite organizations have formed a new CommunityMatters partnership dedicated to the idea that people have the power to shape and strengthen their communities; CommunityMatters plans to provide some tools to help do it.  Strong Towns, Project for … Continue reading

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User-friendly planning and development regulations

Facilitating frictionless economic development certainly got my attention.  Consider this statement: Imagine you are trying to figure out how to apply for a permit for your new (or existing) business, and you land upon a maze of forms and requirements. … Continue reading

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Hospital study

Why study the hospital/city relationship at all since this is obviously an emotionally charged issue? The city needs to ask tough, even painful, questions because it has real, structural budget issues which cannot be solved by a few cuts or … Continue reading

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