In last week’s post, I discussed how Little Falls, MN, has been designed over the years to keep people apart. This leads to a lack of creativity and, I believe, economic activity. As one of this blog’s readers noted, Little Falls is not alone in its lack of social opportunities. Rural Minnesota towns have been swept up in larger societal trends that seemed like a good idea at the time … like designing our cities around cars and limited zoning districts … but that are now leading to their demise.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
The city of Fargo, North Dakota, was on its way to a dead downtown. It has been revitalized through the work of Doug Burgum, who grew up in Fargo, moved away as a young adult, and then returned. He thinks the key to a vibrant community is walkability. His story comes courtesy of Pollen. As you read it, think about ways his ideas could be implemented in Little Falls.
How can we make Little Falls more walkable? How can we encourage the formation of businesses, organizations, and events that people want to walk to?