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North Dakota is creating 21st century cities with vibrant cores that help to attract and retain talent. These unique places and spaces are the differentiator that helps lead to healthy fiscal—and physical—communities. 

Supporting activities include: 

  • Renovation of historic buildings—a unique differentiator renewing sense of place, history and culture
  • Development of mixed-use buildings (e.g. retail on first floor, upper floor(s) for apartments or offices create economic efficiency around existing infrastructure) to revive marginalized areas
  • Revitalization of main street to be a vibrant hub where the community can come together
  • Creation of walkable neighborhoods—where residents can live, work, shop, learn and play—to help lessen the burden of health care costs on taxpayers
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There’s no better time to get the main street movement started in your town or city. Tap into these resources to lead your community forward.

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Links and Resources:

Contact the North Dakota Department of Commerce at 701-328-5300 to learn more

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Recommended Reading

The Great Iversion and the Future of the American City - Alan Ehrenhalt, a leading urbanologists, reveals how the roles of America’s cities and suburbs are changing places—young adults and affluent retirees moving in, while immigrants and the less affluent are moving out—and addresses the implications of these shifts for the future of our society.

Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time - Making downtown into a walkable, viable community is the essential fix for the typical American city; it is eminently achievable and its benefits are manifold. Walk-able City—bursting with sharp observations and key insights into how urban change happens—lays out a practical, necessary, and inspiring vision for how to make American cities great again.

The End of the Suburbs - Leigh Gallagher traces the rise and fall of American suburbia from the stately railroad suburbs that sprung up outside American cities in the 19th and early 20th centuries to current-day sprawling exurbs where residents spend as much as four hours each day commuting. Along the way she shows why suburbia was unsustainable from the start and explores the hundreds of new, alternative communities that are springing up around the country and promise to reshape our way of life for the better.

 

Related Websites

StrongTowns.org

The mission of Strong Towns is to support a model of development that allows America's cities, towns and neighborhoods to become financially strong and resilient.

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CityLab.com

CityLab is committed to telling the story of the world's cities: how they work, the challenges they face, and the solutions they need.

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UrbanRetailInstitute.com 

The Urban Retail Institute promotes sustainable urban retail for historic and new city centers, with the general goal of providing for the goods and services needed and desired by their residents, workers and visitors.

 

RogerBrooksInternational.com

Roger Brooks International provides an array of resources for everyone charged with making the place they call home better: municipalities, planning, downtown, tourism and economic development., etc.

 

Kilbourne.com

Kilbourne Group focuses on historic renovation and mixed-use infill in downtown Fargo.

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Gizmodo.com

Gizmodo is a design, technology, science and science-fiction website that also features articles on politics.

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Placemakers.com

A website for planners, urban designers, form-based code wranglers, storytellers, marketers, advisors and advocates.

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JenReviews

A website focused on the best everyday health choices - helping you find what's good for you.

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Governing

Governing is the nation's leading media platform covering politics, policy and management for state and local government leaders.

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Building Tomorrow's Leaders

After dozens of community visits across the state of North Dakota, student engagement, succession planning and preparing leaders for the future became clear improvement opportunities for communities large and small.