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This coverage is made possible by grants from the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative and The McKnight Foundation.


Cityscape focuses on urban life in our metro area. Topics range from urban design and architecture to transportation, highways, traffic, transit, walking and biking. Cityscape also examines important urban issues — such as real estate development, education, crime, poverty and family life — as well as the arts, sports and entertainment in our community. Marlys Harris, Judy Keen, Steven Dornfeld and Steve Berg have contributed to this department.

Citizen participation: blessing turned curse?

The citizens who participate aren't always representative, and they often don't consider the greater good — or even what's in their own long-term interests.