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Why We Love Our Jobs

August 28, 2014

This morning, The Cornerstone Group leadership team got a sweet treat. For three hours, we had an immersive hands-on, honey-dipped class taught by the inspiring and smart women who run Beez Kneez. We met at their Honey House where urban, small scale bee keepers can rent their one-of-a-kind bicycle-powered honey extractors to process their honey. [...]

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Celebrate the birth of a city within a city!

July 31, 2014

Youth participants at East Side Neighborhood Services’ summer program at Luxton Park have just completed the Wishes Mural to be unveiled at a Community-Wide Birthday Party for a new Prospect Park and the Green Line Light Rail to take place at the Prospect Park Community Garden at Cornerstone. With the assistance from a small grant [...]

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The Buzz About Prospect Park

July 22, 2014

The beez aren’t the only thing buzzing about our Prospect Park Community Garden: Cornerstone. We have had some great press recently about our work. Find a great overview of the history and key players in the planning of Prospect North HERE at this City Pages article. HERE is a great article from the Star Tribune [...]

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An evolution of community gardens: seven adaptations in action

March 27, 2014

The Cornerstone Group is hard at work on our newest project in Prospect Park. We believe that every stage of the demolition, design, and building process has value. If we design sites that will ultimately have public plazas with gardens and events, how can we use our parking lots and vacant, pre-construction lots to grow [...]

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Breaking Bread, Feeding Dreams

February 12, 2014

Cities are made up of individuals. When individuals gather together, culture is formed, maintained, celebrated, or changed. One of culture’s greatest expression of itself is food. So when we gather to think about culture, it is always good to feed one another as a way to know more about where we come from and literally [...]

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The Values We Serve That Serve Us

January 20, 2014

We all have values. We have valuable things and we value things. Dig deeper than our possessions and you find more personal, subjective values. Our values shape us and simultaneously we shape our values. They orient us, help us make decisions, set our priorities, and help us know when to say yes and when to [...]

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Gratitude for Community

December 23, 2013

Planning for a large community event is like walking a labyrinth. Before you take your first step, you set an intention. Our intention for the Winter Market & Solstice Festival of Lights was to celebrate and support artists, to bring a little light into the darkest night, and to continue to build on a tradition [...]

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21 Things to Expect at Our Winter Market & Solstice Festival of Lights

December 2, 2013

  1: Candles lighting the darkness 2: Singing your favorite holiday songs loudly and out of tune with strangers who are quickly becoming your new best friends during our accordion-led sing along 3: Tater tots and mini doughnuts, need we say more? 4: Down-dog in snow suits during snowga, an experience that won’t be forgotten [...]

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Collectively Held Histories and Futures

November 11, 2013

Sam Rutman, an immigrant from Eastern Europe had a job driving a fruit truck from Minnesota to the Dakotas. He got to know the fruit business, eventually starting his own fruit stand in Richfield. Thanks to the countless hours of hard work that he, his wife, and his two children would take on, that fruit [...]

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Video: Resident services program at Maple Pond Homes helps kids succeed!

September 27, 2013

A unique community partnership between White Bear Area YMCA and L.C. Webster Elementary School offers during school, after school, and summer programming to engage youth at Maple Pond Homes. Click to watch video Related posts: Artist Organizer Job Opening Linked Hybrid

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What does an Artist Organizer do, anyway?

September 16, 2013

An Artist Organizer listens. An Artist Organizer contributes. An Artist Organizers creates connections, supports artists to thrive, and advocates for people who are thriving to support artists. An Artist Organizer brings people together who might not otherwise come together to create something new. An Artist Organizer invites participation. An Artist Organizer experiments to see what [...]

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Don’t Doubt It, Do It!

August 29, 2013

 “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”                                                                                     -Margaret Mead This week I have been struck by beginnings. I visited two amazing art centers, Edina Art Center and Bloomington Theatre and Art Center. I [...]

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Art! Diversity! Our Manifesto Emerges

August 22, 2013

Art! Diversity! Manifesto: Does art bridge difference? Yes and no! Sometimes people who don’t understand feel excluded. But not all art has to be for everyone, though the instinct to make art is universal. Art can find a common thread and pull that thread or art can be the thread and is pulled. Sometimes art [...]

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Enriching the Field: The Power of Social Capital and Pizza

August 15, 2013

I ordered the pizza from Broadway Pizza. The Spanish Translator was on the way. I organized the white board markers, cut up the paper, hung up the big sticky pads. Then I paused. Took a deep breath. I was getting ready for the first of three community meetings about the state of the arts in [...]

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Demolition and Imagination

July 22, 2013

Collecting History: Demolition of the Lyndale Garden Center is well on its way. For many of us, it is bittersweet to see a place that holds so many memories be taken apart and hauled away, one truck at a time. Its departure marks another phase of Richfield’s evolving identity. As I research the roots of [...]

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Springboard for the Arts and TCG Announce New Artist Organizer at Lyndale Gardens

June 24, 2013

Poet and Performance Artist Molly Van Avery to Begin on July 8, Position Supported by the Surdna Foundation By: Carl Atiya Swanson St. Paul/Richfield, MN – Springboard for the Arts and The Cornerstone Group are excited to announce their partnership to place an Artist Organizer on the development team for the Lyndale Gardens project at [...]

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Sun Current: Richfield summer concerts series trying out new venues

June 20, 2013

By Andrew Wig Richfield’s summer concerts series is expanding this year as the city looks at locations for a potential band shell. In an effort to identify a site for the building, the outdoor concerts will rotate between two locations in addition to Augsburg Park, which has been the sole site for the performances in recent [...]

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TCG Management is Hiring

June 6, 2013

TCG Management is currently seeking a full-time Property Manager for a 70-unit apartment community in St. Paul.  Candidates must have experience managing a tax credit property; Yardi experience preferred.  Excellent salary with bonus plan and full benefits package.  Email resume to eswenson@tcgmn.com. A full-time multi-site Maintenance Technician is needed for three 30-unit townhome communities located [...]

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Lakewinds launches member loan campaign for Richfield store

May 29, 2013

Introducing Lakewinds Richfield As you step into our new Richfield location, you will be welcomed with the same look and feel that you know and love in our Minnetonka and Chanhassen locations. We will have exciting displays, modern fixtures and a graphics package that tells the story of who we are and what we stand [...]

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Artist Organizer Job Opening

May 2, 2013

In 2013, Springboard for the Arts launched the Artist Organizers (AOs) pilot program, planting artists in community-invested organizations to contribute their creative skills to making change and strengthening vibrant places. AOs provide skills, coordination and creative thinking to engage community, other local artists and stakeholders, and to create new innovative paths for the organization to [...]

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Bedlam Theatre artists participate in design workshop

April 19, 2013

The Cornerstone Group’s unique approach includes incorporating both feedback and artwork from local artists of all talents and mediums into redevelopment projects.  Recently, TCG hosted an Arts Supper with Bedlam Theatre to engage local artists and hear new ideas for improving the Lyndale Gardens site and building design.  Here are some photos from that evening. [...]

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Richfield City Council Approves Lyndale Gardens Redevelopment Plans

April 1, 2013

In a 5-0 vote, the City Council approved the final site plan for the new Lyndale Gardens town center in Richfield.  The final design includes a one acre public park with amenities including a splash pad, a center stage for live performances, a community oven, walking/bicycling trails, edible organic gardens, and an open-air farmers market [...]

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Lyndale Gardens to host two Richfield Summer Concerts

March 7, 2013

Lyndale Avenue in Richfield is coming alive with community activities this summer!  In addition to hosting a weekly Richfield Farmers Market at the Lyndale Gardens site, the City of Richfield will be hosting two of its summer concerts there. Lyndale Gardens, at 64th and Lyndale, is undergoing redevelopment and ground-breaking is anticipated this year.  The [...]

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Richfield Farmers Market seeks vendors, volunteers for Wednesday market at Lyndale Gardens

January 24, 2013

The Richfield Farmers Market will be hosting a weekly market at Lyndale Gardens beginning on June 5th and running every Wednesday from 2-7 p.m. through August. Vendors may register on the Richfield Farmers Market website. The City is currently hiring for a Part-Time Market Coordinator and is also seeking volunteers to help with the summer [...]

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Corridors of Opportunity Funds Innovative Master Plan for Prospect Park

January 18, 2013

Prospect Park’s dedicated neighborhood group, PPERRIA (Prospect Park East River Road Improvement Association) has been working for years to ensure that future Central Corridor LRT riders will be greeted by a modern urban village when they enter Prospect Park, inspiring citizens of all ages and backgrounds to live, work, and play in this Minneapolis neighborhood just [...]

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Community Open House – February 11 from 4-6 p.m.

January 17, 2013

Lyndale Gardens will be hosting an informal public Open House on February 11, 2013 from 4-6 p.m. at the project office at 6334 Lyndale Avenue South in Richfield. Neighbors and community members are welcome to stop by to take a look at the latest site plans, ask questions, and give feedback. Related posts: Richfield Patch: [...]

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Star Tribune: Lyndale Garden Center site to blossom anew as a food co-op

January 15, 2013

By Mary Jane Smetanka The store will be a key part of Richfield’s new “downtown.” As Richfield’s new “downtown” near Lyndale Avenue and 66th Street sprouts shiny new apartment and retail buildings, the missing piece of the puzzle that is Lyndale Gardens is beginning to fall into place. Lakewinds Natural Foods, a member-owned food cooperative [...]

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Can walkable urbanism save our planet?

January 10, 2013

Living in a walkable urban neighborhood comes with obvious benefits – no long morning commutes, access to a myriad of activities and opportunities all on foot, and the cost savings that comes with not owning and driving two private vehicles. As more people move back to cities, reclaiming this foundational lifestyle, what is the impact [...]

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Lakewinds Co-op Announces Store Plans for Lyndale Gardens

December 18, 2012

Lakewinds Natural Foods, a full service member owned co-operative grocer with locations in Minnetonka and Chanhassen, is on its way to opening a brand new store in Richfield at Lyndale Gardens.  An announcement was made to the Richfield City Council on December 11, 2012. The Cornerstone Group had been negotiating with Lakewinds for a year and [...]

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Winter Market & Festival of Lights draws hundreds to Lyndale Gardens

December 6, 2012

On Saturday evening, the vacant Lyndale Gardens site was transformed into a magical winter wonderland, complete with luminaries, bonfires and s’more roasting, live music, crafts vendors, and Santa.  Here are some photos of the event.  You can see more photos on the Lyndale Gardens Facebook Page.   Related posts: Lyndale Gardens to Host Winter Market [...]

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Lyndale Gardens turns on 40 kilowatt Solar Array

November 6, 2012

The Lyndale Gardens site just got a little greener.  That’s because a 40 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system has just been turned on.  In preparation for the new mixed-use development, the project was able to take advantage of federal, state, and Xcel Energy incentives to purchase solar panels that will help power the future retail and [...]

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Lyndale Gardens to Host Winter Market & Festival of Lights!

November 5, 2012

Richfield residents will have the opportunity to enjoy a new holiday celebration this year at Lyndale Gardens, on Saturday December 1 from 4-8 p.m.  The event will feature 20 local arts and crafts vendors, a live acoustic performance by the Hummingbirds, food trucks, bonfires with free s’more roasting, and an appearance by Santa.  The Cornerstone [...]

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The Cornerstone Group Completes Acquisition of Prospect Park Boeser Site

September 4, 2012

Prospect Park is one step closer to actualizing its vision as a walkable, transit-oriented urban village.  The Cornerstone Group has completed acquisition of the former Boeser site at 2901 4th Street SE in Minneapolis. Colleen Carey, President of The Cornerstone Group, stated: “We believe that the Prospect Park Station has great potential for transformation.  The LRT [...]

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Lyndale Gardens Farmer’s Market a Success!

August 16, 2012

Hundreds of Richfield residents turned out for the Lyndale Gardens community event! A full article is available in the Richfield Patch. Related posts: Richfield Patch: Lyndale Gardens Developer Teams Up With Farmers Market For Community Event Lyndale Gardens Farmer’s Market! August 16th from 4-8 p.m. Finance & Commerce: $3 million sale of former Lyndale Garden [...]

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Twin Cities Business: Engaging Employees in Helping the Environment

August 8, 2012

This is an excerpt from an article in Twin Cities Business Magazine.  The article features an interview with Diane DeVon, portfolio manager for TCG Management.   ‘They have to believe in it’ Creating a culture in which employees are engaged in sustainability—from pitching plastic bottles in the right bin to sharing ideas to green the [...]

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Richfield Patch: Lyndale Gardens Developer Teams Up With Farmers Market For Community Event

August 1, 2012

Activity is already happening at the former Lyndale Garden Center site at 64th and Lyndale! The new owner and developer of the site, The Cornerstone Group, will be hosting a community event for Richfield area residents on Aug. 16 from 4-8 p.m. Partnering with the City of Richfield Farmers Market, the event will include farmers market vendors, a [...]

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Lyndale Gardens Farmer’s Market! August 16th from 4-8 p.m.

July 10, 2012

Mark your calendar for Thursday, August 16th from 4-8 p.m.  Lyndale Gardens will be hosting its first Richfield Farmer’s Market event with food vendors, crafts vendors, live music, and entertainment for kids at 64th & Lyndale.  Plus, we’ll be revealing the latest redevelopment plans for the site. Event Details: *FREE event! *Richfield Farmer’s Market Vendors [...]

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TCG’s Community Gardens provide Fresh Produce to Residents

July 3, 2012

This year’s growing season has been an abundant one! Residents have already begun consuming the fruits of their labor at Rivertown Commons, where the community garden is in its third year and is full of fresh produce. A resident service organization matches the food with community residents who are in need. TCG Management has planted [...]

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Where you live = How long you live

July 3, 2012

What if we could predict how long someone would live just by looking up their zip code? Dr. Anthony Iton, MD, JD, MPH has made a shocking correlation between the two. Controlling for other factors, Dr. Iton has proven that life span is directly correlated with the location of your home. Great disparities exist from [...]

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A sense of place: spaces designed for people

May 24, 2012

Imagine a perfect day in your city or hometown.  What does it look like?  Where would you go?  How would you get there?  What would you do?  Who might you see along the way? Place making, an evolving multi-disciplinary approach to planning, design, and management of public spaces, seeks to transform average spaces into high-quality [...]

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In Prospect Park, the city of Minneapolis and the Bloomington-based Cornerstone Group plan to spend $2 million to purchase the former site of sheet-metal fabricator Boeser Inc., which is behind the future Prospect Park/29th Avenue Station on the Central Corridor LRT. (Submitted rendering: The Cornerstone Group)

Finance & Commerce: Grants drive development along Twin Cities transit arteries

May 2, 2012

By Nancy Crotti Met Council awards $15.4M to 17 projects The dream of a walkable, arts-centered cultural district with a mix of housing, retail and commercial uses in Minneapolis’ Prospect Park is one step closer to fruition. The Metropolitan Council  on Wednesday awarded the city of Minneapolis a grant of $2.7 million to jump-start the [...]

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Don’t forget Building User Experience (when Designing for Sustainability)

April 2, 2012

With reducing energy consumption being a top priority for responsible developers, it can be difficult to evaluate other important qualities of a product without conducting your own testing (which is an option too; I still have a water-saving shower head in my shower that I was testing for a development 3 years ago).  But, most [...]

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The State of Solar Energy

March 2, 2012

Solar PV (photovoltaic) electricity is rapidly becoming a more affordable option for buildings’ and communities’ clean energy needs.  Scalable in that it can be used anywhere from small houses to large-scale power plants, solar PV now employs over 100,000 Americans, more than the coal industry.  In fact, solar power creates the most jobs per megawatt [...]

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What do artists and developers have in common?

February 10, 2012

How can we get real estate developers, city officials, planners, architects, and artists to all come together in the same room? This is an idea Colleen Carey has been pondering for years. Carey organizes a networking / think-tank group called GeoEcoLab to bring together various stakeholders in the development industry to work towards community redevelopment [...]

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Finance & Commerce: $3 million sale of former Lyndale Garden Center closes

December 12, 2011

From: Finance & Commerce By: Anne Bretts The Richfield-based Cornerstone Group closed Nov. 21 on the $3 million site acquisition of the former Lyndale Garden Center at 6400 Lyndale Ave. S. in Richfield. Developer Colleen Carey of Cornerstone has unveiled the details of her plan to work with local artists and the community to design [...]

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The Cornerstone Group Completes Acquisition of Lyndale Garden Center

November 21, 2011

The Cornerstone Group is now one step closer to creating its vision of a great town center for Richfield at the former Lyndale Garden Center site.  With assistance from the City of Richfield, Hennepin County, the Metropolitan Council, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and the Family Housing Fund, TCG has purchased the site at 6400 Lyndale [...]

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Finance & Commerce: Developer Set to Buy Lyndale Garden Center

November 17, 2011

From: Finance & Commerce By: Burl Gilyard Developer Colleen Carey of the Richfield-based Cornerstone Group is preparing to buy the former Lyndale Garden Center for a mixed-use redevelopment. The site at 6400 Lyndale Ave. S. in Richfield has been vacant for five years. “We are closing on Monday,” Carey said. “We’re really excited about the [...]

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Net-Zero Energy: The Future of Sustainable Buildings

November 15, 2011

With so many buildings LEED certified, you may be asking yourself, where does this all lead to (no pun intended)? The next wave of green buildings will be the tipping point for sustainability in our cities, the culmination of years of integrating smaller sustainability measures and now envisioning a holistic system for an entire site [...]

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Green Building Report Released

November 10, 2011

On Tuesday, Greenbiz.com released its “The State and Impacts of Green Buildings” report, with encouraging results for the green building industry.  Rob Watson, Senior Contributor for Greenbiz.com emphasizes that “green value is becoming statistically significant.  If you’re not making money with a green building, you need a new marketing department.  If your green building is [...]

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Lyndale Garden Center project featured on University of St. Thomas site

November 2, 2011

This post, A Fresh Vision for Richfield: Redeveloping the Lyndale Garden Center Site, was featured on the University of St. Thomas Real Estate Matters Blog. When it comes to development, Colleen Carey, President of The Cornerstone Group, doesn’t believe in just razing one property to replace it with a run-of-the-mill mixed use concept.  Rather, her [...]

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TCG 2010 Reflections

February 17, 2011

The TCG team shares its reflections from a jam-packed year in 2010 and celebrates the promise of new opportunities in 2011.

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Dreaming of a (bigger) urban home

February 14, 2011

I love where I live. My house is ½ a block from our neighborhood elementary school, walking distance to the hardware store, drycleaner, restaurants, coffee shops and a handful of other retailers. We are 2 blocks from Minehaha Creek and a quick one mile bike ride to Lake Harriet. We love our neighbors and have regular neighborhood get-togethers. There are 26 kids on our block alone and they all play nicely together. So why is it that I am constantly on the look-out for a new house?

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In Copenhagen, they’re still biking…

January 26, 2011

As a fair weather bicycle commuter, I put my bike away this year on November 8th but I feel a little bit wimpy about it when I see these Danes continuing to put the miles on their bikes through LOTS of snow and ice.   Read more Related posts: Minneapolis Named #1 Most Bike Friendly City [...]

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From Motown to Growtown, to Frogtown

December 15, 2010

Another example of urban pioneers making a difference in the transformation of a decapitating American city.

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The New Places You’ll Go

December 13, 2010

Orton Family Foundation blog contributor, Anna Jones shares some nice thoughts about walkability and placemaking.

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Managing waste in an affordable community

December 9, 2010

How collaboration is fueling a massive cleanup effort in affordable communities around the world.

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Top Five Projects

December 8, 2010

A list of the EPA’s five winning projects around the country.

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FALLowup Rooftop Farming- Revisited

November 22, 2010

Simple Good and Tasty pays us another visit.

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“Rooftop to Tabletop: Urban Farming Spreads Roots”

November 10, 2010

NRDC’s Onearth magazine discusses rooftop farming and “The Year of Urban Agriculture.”

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Question: Why are we so relaxed?

November 10, 2010

The Twin Cities is ranked No. 1 most relaxing city in America. We ask why?

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Apple gets into TOD-Like!

November 8, 2010

Check out Lincoln Park’s newly-renovated subway station. It kind of makes us think about our TOD thought process in a bit of a different way. The high prices for land and property, along with the ubiquitous uncertainty about the direction of our cities; repositioning dilapidated, underutilized properties in great neighborhoods to serve transit seems like [...]

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Landgrab

November 4, 2010

Nicola Twiley of Ediblegeography, hosts a thrilling conversation about of global food crisis and how some urban thought leadership, similar to what we have been researching at TCGMN, may have to offer, in terms of a solution.

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What Good is A Stroller?

October 1, 2010

Ian Sacs, a transportation engineer based in New York City shares his youthful perspective (something we get our fair share of) with Planetizen.

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Geo Eco Slumdog?

September 13, 2010

Another take on The Geo Eco Lab, how some of the world’s leading architects and designers are rethinking the development model for the swag city of the future.

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Detroit Has The Answers

September 13, 2010

Palladium teams up with creatives from Virtue and Johnny Knoxville of MTV’s Jackass to do some real urban exploration in Detroit. They find some very intriguing stuff.

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Taking the Carbon Economy to The White House

September 10, 2010

Things are looking sunny at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Bill McKibben talks about the low carbon economy with Dave Letterman.

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Jay Walking

September 7, 2010

We like to jaywalk, but we also like to follow the rules. Korean designer, Jae Min Lim shows us a way that we might be able to bring jaywalking to the masses

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How Public Transportation is Healthful

September 6, 2010

Although it isn’t the most convenient, nor most comfortable, PSFK writes a piece of the health benefits of public transportation.

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Linked Hybrid

August 27, 2010

Steven Holl Architects helps identify new parts to the future of the mixed-use equation

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Lets Walk The Walk, Shouldn’t We?

August 27, 2010

Kaid Bedfield and David Roberts share their $.02 on issues with walkability and street connectivity.

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Up Next

August 18, 2010

Richard Florida and our Dir. of Innovation and Sustainability discuss whats next.

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The “New, New Urbanism”

July 29, 2010

Recently, our innovation squadron has been focusing energy toward the future health and vitality of our cities. We see this as an attempt to solve global problems at local levels. This work has allowed us to make a foray into urban agriculture, creating Minnesota’s first rooftop farming company, Cornerstone Rooftop Farms. Our first farm, located [...]

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Greensgrow Market

July 26, 2010

We need to start looking at our cities and how we go about using land and collaborating with owners and users alike in order to take sustainability to a real, meaningful level.

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Which Came First, The City or The Farm?

July 26, 2010

Grist.org writes an exceptional piece that ties back to a conversation that we had a few years ago. Here at TCGMN, we’ve always had a policy against corn field development, but have we turned the tables on ourselves? We have spent the past year and a half installing urban farms at our developments, edible landscaping [...]

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New Retail- On the Inside: one

July 14, 2010

Always thinking, and rethinking; lets start to take a look at retail. 1st stop, Barca.

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Vanity Fair’s ‘World Architecture Survey’

July 2, 2010

Vanity Fair’s list of best architecture since 1980

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What Wash Is Your Insulation?

July 2, 2010

How we aren’t using old jeans to insulate our existing buildings, but Levi’s is.

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Not P Diddy’s ‘White Party’

July 2, 2010

Turning to white roofs when you can’t install a farm. Akomplice, out of Colorado teams up with Fred Segal and The Paint Project to save the world.

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Open House, Anybody?

June 28, 2010

Pedal To Properies is one of the nation’s first bike-based residential brokerages. Looks like quite a concept!

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BYOB–to a wedding??

June 14, 2010

Not-so-traditional wedding bells ring in Tucson, AZ. A bike wedding is underway.

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A Little ‘Around The World’ with The Arts

June 14, 2010

Exploring the arts community with our friend Janaina Tschape

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Bombs Away!

June 14, 2010

Greenaid’s seed bomb gumball machines are beginning to pop up all over The West Coast. Not long before we start seeing them in our new urban ag plan here in MSP!

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Never Too Early For A Sukkah

June 4, 2010

Raising the bar once again. This time, Reboot and The Union Square Partnership travel through time, organizing an urban Sukkah design competition.

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Turning Freeways Into Parks

May 11, 2010

Efforts to convert existing freeways for parks and public open spaces.

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Simple Good and Tasty on Cornerstone Rooftop Farms

May 10, 2010

Our friends at Simple Good and Tasty wrote a great piece that covers a lot of ‘ground’ on “Kensington”, Minnesota’s first rooftop farm. Be sure to check out their Huffington Post article too!

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Minneapolis Named #1 Most Bike Friendly City

May 6, 2010

Although Minneapolis is a frozen tundra often as early as November… Bicycling Magazine, calls “Minneapolis, the number 1 most bike friendly city.”

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Affordability Index

May 6, 2010

New Urban News discusses the new Housing and Transportation Affordability Index and we this it is essential for use in all of our cities.

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Changing the Colour

April 26, 2010

Revitalizing our built environments, one community at a time.

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Sherwin Williams Color Sn’app’

April 26, 2010

The newest way to select a paint palette. The iPhone + iPod Touch app for Sherwin Williams

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Urban Velo #19

April 25, 2010

One of our favorite bike blogs’ magazine preview.

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Farm to Table, to Phone

April 25, 2010

How our digital lifestyles and our eating habits have collided. Taking pictures of almost everything we eat.

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Jeffrey Barg on Trains and Tom Waits

April 25, 2010

We are all following the 2010 Transportation Bill and are mostly eager to get our kicks off of ‘Route 66′ and on the super high tech, super high speed rail of the (hopefully) near future. “But if the classic American narrative is all about trains, why are we so far behind in building high-speed rail? [...]

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Rivertown Commons and Farming in Frogtown

April 25, 2010

As you may know, our company, Cornerstone Rooftop Farms is beginning to operate its first farm called Kensington, a small, modular farm in South Minneapolis. What you may not know is that we are also working with Backyard Harvest on food access initiatives at our Rivertown Commons development in Frogtown, St. Paul. The medium size [...]

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‘A Walking City’

April 25, 2010

The Archigram Archival Project is an excellent collection of projects and concepts that were done between the ’60s and mid-’70s. “The Archigram Archival Project makes the work of the seminal architectural group Archigram available free online for public viewing and academic study. The project was run by EXP, an architectural research group at the University [...]

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Ben on FRESH the Movie Panel at Lucia’s

April 24, 2010

Ben Hertz, our director of innovation and sustainability, discussing the first harvest crop lineup that Lucia’s Restaurant (Proprietress, Lucia Watson pictured) Our very own Ben Hertz sits on FRESH the Movie, local food panel at Lucia’s Restaurant. Read some of the coverage from our friends at LoveFeast Table. “These rooftop farms show the possibilities of [...]

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Rooftop Farming and The Science Barge

February 1, 2010

As we move ahead in 2010, there are a number of things TCGMN is doing, including our work with Permaculture Research Institute and Ecological Gardens, a landscape design firm to help us build a live, productive rooftop for our Kensington Park retail project. The rooftop farm will incorporate the use of water troughs with Earthbox [...]

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Dynamic Streets

January 28, 2010

A good.is interactive piece about complete streets in The 21st Century.

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