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2017 National Walking Summit

The 2017 National Walking Summit is a premier event for professionals, advocates and organizers from the transit, health, and planning professions to share best practices, discover innovations, discuss ways to turn research into action, and form new partnerships. America Walks will work with partners of the Every Body Walk! Collaborative and other leading organizations to put together the strongest Summit yet. Learn more and register... Read more

The Greening of Minnesota’s Urban Rooftops

​ Vegetative roofs have become more common as developers and building owners go green to save money and reduce their environmental footprints. For communities, green roofs can reduce stormwater runoff into sewer systems. For building owners, they can cut energy consumption by acting as a buffer against the sun, slicing air conditioning costs and roof maintenance. Read more... Read more

The Train Line That Brought the Twin Cities Back Together

Less than three years since the Green Line opened, it has smashed ridership forecasts by almost 50 percent and helped to revitalize stretches of University Avenue, an aging, formerly car-dominated thoroughfare, as new businesses open near the stations and longtime businesses attract new customers. Transit-dependent low-income and working-class people are commuting to jobs across the metro area, while new housing for professionals is springing up in an old industrial area. And the Twin Cities aren’t done. Read more... Read more

Rain as a Resource: St. Paul Innovates Shared, Sustainable Stormwater Management

New infrastructure systems in St. Paul use rain as a resource instead of letting stormwater enter area lakes and the Mississippi River, along with all of the pollutants that water collects. This new method of managing stormwater is called “shared, stacked green infrastructure.” That means the system does more than one thing on a site (say, irrigating plants and/or trees), to provide additional community services or amenities beyond just managing rain runoff. Read more... Read more

Extended Deadline: National Walking Summit Call for Session Proposals

The theme of the 2017 National Walking Summit is “Vital and Vibrant Communities: The Power of Walkability.” The conference, to be held in St. Paul in September, will explore how walking and walkability create engaged, thriving, and inclusive communities for all members. The Summit Program Committee is seeking individuals and groups to actively participate in the Summit. We are looking for sessions that emphasize action-oriented and results-driven research, programs, policies, and partnership to promote walking and walkability. Learn more... Read more

Fighting NIMBY To Fill A Need

As one might imagine, breathing new life into a 136-year-old manufacturing plant is a task fraught with problems. As Minneapolis’s A-Mill Artist Lofts, a finalist in the National Association of Home Builders’ Pillars of the Industry Award proves, when you add in affordable housing as the goal of the project, the complications mount, especially if that old factory is now in an upscale part of town. Read more... Read more
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