Places Where I Don't Want to Sit

Places Where I Don't Want to Sit

We live in cities starved for good public space. There are so few spots in North America where you can sit comfortably for free. And when we do try to create sittable public space, we often fail spectacularly.

Why I Ride a Bike

Why I Ride a Bike

I don't ride a bike because I love bikes. I ride because it’s a convenient and economical mode of transportation to accomplish my daily tasks. Plain and simple.

Leah Calgaro renovates a historic, mixed-use downtown building

Leah Calgaro renovates a historic, mixed-use downtown building

Leah Calgaro is a lifelong resident of the Iron Range. She chose a unique path for a young person and recently purchased a mixed-use building in downtown Virginia, MN. She is living in the upstairs while renovating the other floors. This is her story.

Targeted Downtown Incentives that Work

Targeted Downtown Incentives that Work

In this week's featured member post, Mike Williams highlights the success of an incentive program that has led to a stunning rebirth of Fargo's downtown.

Strong Towns 101: Risk and Reward

Strong Towns 101: Risk and Reward

Not only do small downtown shops provide a higher rate of tax revenue than big box stores; they're also a much lower risk investment for the community.

Aaron Brown: Straight Talk on the Iron Range

Aaron Brown: Straight Talk on the Iron Range

Aaron J. Brown is a writer, radio producer and college instructor living and working on the Iron Range. In this interview between friends, Aaron discusses mining, education, and economics on the Iron Range. 

Today's events in the Iron Range

Today's events in the Iron Range

Today, Strong Towns is hosting several events in the East Range area of Minnesota including a walking tour, a panel discussion on collaboration, and a Curbside Chat.

Moxie, a Local Clothing Store with a Mission

Moxie, a Local Clothing Store with a Mission

Suzanne Rian is the owner of Moxie, a clothing boutique in Hibbing, MN. She started the store eight years ago, during the 2008 recession, and has since watched her store blossom into a strong local business.