Friday, December 17, 2010
Changes Coming to NXNS
Post by the Hawthorne Hawkman
In one of my many discussions with friends where we solve the world's problems (or at least the neighborhood's) but then can't seem to remember all of our brilliant ideas the next day, one solution stuck with me. One neighbor was saying how he could find out where a lot of the cutting-edge revitalization was occurring in cities around the country by looking at (wait for it) those cities' blogs. We talked about how there really isn't a central location for people to come together and find out what's been working in other cities that we could try here - or what advantages Minneapolis has over other areas in terms of how we are moving forward.
This reminded me of another project done earlier this year by an organization called Policy Link, called "When Investors Buy Up the Neighborhood." While that study had some useful information, it was rather top-heavy and aimed at institutions. I want to get more granular and find out what residents and activists on the ground level are doing to change their neighborhoods and influence those institutions. So over the weekend, I'll be looking at quite a few blogs from across the country, and tinkering with the layout of this site somewhat. The plan is to have a "NoMi blog roll" and some kind of "Revitalizer blog roll."
Here's a sampling of some candidates:
Victorian Antiquities and Design
And a blog that I've read before - The Urbanophile
I'm open to suggestions if readers know of others as well.