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.
Rachel and Chuck recap a week on the Iron Range.
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.
Once a week, we're inviting readers to join us for a conversation with one of our staff, writers or members on Slack. This week's SlackChat will be hosted by Yuri Artibise, Strong Towns' Community Builder.
Engineers are great at building roads, but we should never ask them to build our streets.
A roundup of our most popular pieces about the Iron Range.
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.
The Iron Range events have been informative, engaging, and challenging. We're especially pleased with the local response. Here is some recent press coverage of our work on the Range.
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.
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.
Desiree Yourczek is a founding member of ReGen, an organization dedicated to attracting and retaining young adults on the Iron Range. Desiree talks about how the group got started and where it's headed in the future.
It's our last day on the Iron Range. Here's how we're spending it.
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.
Nevada Littlewolf is the youngest member of the Virginia city councilor and first American Indian to sit on the council. She is shaping a new path for the Iron Range.
Adding a second story builds community wealth without adding any expense. It's the sure way to real prosperity.
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.
Mary McReynolds-Pellinen is an environmental planner, a city councilor and a champion for a renovated historic art center in Virginia, MN. She's doing her part to make the Iron Range a better place.
Andrew Hanegmon talks about starting the Iron Range Makerspace and his hopes for this new venture in a podcast interview.
When all the frontiers have been conquered, and industrial growth stagnates, what is left? The new frontier is not at the edge of towns like Coleraine, it’s right on top.
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.