British ''urbanist" sees revival in the Twin Cities

British urbanist Charles Landry recaps his experience touring the Twin Cities as part of weeklong residency, sponsored in part by Twin Cities LISC. Afer meeting a wide array of local urban changemakers, and applying his principles of city vitality to our reality, Landry draws some conclusions about how our towns can thrive in the coming decades.

Urbanist Charles Landry on the Twin Cities: Reknit the urban fabric, learn to brag

22 Jan 2013 - Jay Walljasper, The Line


Early in the weeklong residency of British urban strategist Charles Landry last spring exploring the region’s prospects for the 21st century, he fired a round of provocative queries to the crowd at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in downtown Minneapolis: What is it that makes a great neighborhood, city or region in the Twin Cities? What level of openness and closed-ness do you find here? What do you find here that seems to say “Yes”? And what declares “No!”

He spent a week investigating the area’s creative potential in more than two dozen events and meetings, covering both downtowns, Frogtown, the West Bank, North Minneapolis, the new light rail corridor, the Festival of Nations, a Twins game, and meals with ethnic community leaders, neighborhood activists and business people. (The sponsors of Landry’s residency reflect a creatively rich stew of local connections: the Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the Ethnic Cultural Tourism Destinations Collaborative, the St. Paul Riverfront Corporation, and the Hennepin Theatre Trust with support from three government bodies, the McKnight Foundation, the St. Paul Foundation, and the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative.)

I checked in with Landry, who was back home in England, to hear what he thought about the Twin Cities after his first impressions had time to settle. He was generally positive, with a few caveats—and I'll get to his observations in a moment. Continued[+]...

> Read the full article in the online magazine, The Line.

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