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Empty Bowls - Bending Toward Justice, 6/29, Missoula, Montana:


On June 29, a simple meal shared among neighbors will serve as a reminder that there are those in our community who will go to bed hungry tonight. Join us for an inspiring discussion about ...


Remember the Population Bomb? It's Still Ticking:


In tiny Lesotho, a landlocked kingdom in southern Africa, about one-third of its estimated two million people spent much of the past two years in danger of starving because of the lingering effects of ...


In new Millcreek housing, refugees and the recently homeless can afford to live next door to doctors and lawyers:


"We have senior analysts from Goldman Sachs, people out of the attorney general's office and doctors at Intermountain Healthcare," he said, living side by side with "people coming out of The Road Home ...


How Urban Planners Can Encourage 'Vibrancy' -- and Create Safer Cities:


There is plenty of debate about what makes one neighborhood safe, while others experience high incidences of crime. Recent Wharton research looks at the role that urban planners have to play, analyzing ...


New Web Based Tool Helps to 'Design Your Town':


A new tool produced by the Regional Plan Association, the Orange County Department of Planning, the Pace University Land Use Law Center, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy offers a starting point ...


Making sense of modern Bozeman - Montana's 'fancy place':


A personal anecdote, if you'll indulge me for a moment -- A couple years back, in October 2014, I was living up north in Great Falls. I was working as a crime reporter at that city's newspaper, the ...


As Bozeman ponders its budget, here's how much the city wants to spend on civilization:


Taxes, as the saying goes, are the price we pay for civilization -- but whether Bozeman taxpayers are getting a good deal out of city government specifically, well, that's a fair question as city hall ...


Cohousing puts the emphasis on neighborhood :


"Cohousing made it easier to start a new life," Vander Plaats said. Two months after she and her girls moved in, they knew the neighbors in all the other 19 houses. "I knew a little about each of them," ...


Whitefish to Tackle Affordable Workforce Housing Master Plan:




Missoula among national leaders in 'complete streets' policy :


It's no accident that the cover of Smart Growth America's new report, "The Best Complete Street Policies of 2016," includes an image of a biker peddling down Higgins Avenue in downtown Missoula. On ...


Today's TED Talk with Michael Bierut: How to design a library that makes kids want to read:


When Michael Bierut was asked to design a logo for public school libraries, he had no idea that he was embarking on a years-long passion project. In this often hilarious talk, he recalls his obsessive ...


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The 24 coolest towns in the USA - 2017:


They remind us how unlikely certain places in America can be -- especially when local people decide to collectively achieve a dream -- like a surf wave in the middle of Montana. Hello Missoula! Powerhouse ...


How 'sticky' Detroit locations and streets add up to a more lively downtown:


The word "sticky" when applied to the urban design context has come to mean attractive and comfortable--the kind of place that makes people want to stay away and make return visits. Detroit is the latest ...


America's Cities Are Running Out of Room:




How can the U.S. restore civility? This panel has some ideas:


When Billings Public Library Director Gavin Woltjer selected civility two months ago as the topic for Thursday's panel discussion, "I had no idea what was about to transpire," with all eyes on Montana ...


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The 6 Cutest Main Streets In America - Broadway Avenue, Red Lodge, Montana:


Sorry, Will Smith, this is the authentic Wild Wild West. Need proof? Well, the Sundance Kid once robbed a bank right here on Broadway and rumor has it that Calamity Jane and Buffalo Bill Cody also spent ...


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What Makes Downtown Bozeman the Best Downtown in the Northwest?:


As they say, there's nothing so certain as change, and as with most mountain towns in the west, change has altered the original landscape. While that trend is no different here, downtown Bozeman has done ...


Prairie Lights: This is Billings, Montana in one paragraph:




'Off the rails': How Bozeman, Montana's push to think big picture amid growth went astray:


"The most livable place," is starting to wear a bit thin -- and not just when some resident complaining about the wait at the intersection of 19th and Main steps up to the podium and throws the slogan ...
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Fitbit ranks Billings, Montana as 7th most active city in U.S.:


If activity among Fitbit users is a competition, Billings is sitting in a pretty good place. Fitbit, the company that makes wearable fitness-tracking watches and wristbands, ranked Billings as the ...


Over fifty years ago in Sidney, Montana, people treated a stranger, someone who was different, with dignity and respect.:


Several times this past week, I had the experience of synchronicity. For whatever the reason, people were operating on the same wave length, thinking of the same concepts, and then their thoughts ...


HRDC says each chronically homeless resident costs Bozeman $28,000 a year:




Come join the discussion at Hometown Helena at The Montana Club every Thursday at 7AM at The Montana Club:


"HomeTown Helena http://www.helenaevents.com/05/18/2017/hometown-helena/ is a weekly gathering of Helena area people: city, county and state officials, agency heads and representatives, business ...


"Build a Better Monster: Morality, Machine Learning, and Mass Surveillance":


I came to the United States as a six year old kid from Eastern Europe. One of my earliest memories of that time was the Safeway supermarket, an astonishing display of American abundance. It was hard ...


Top concerns for Bozeman-area towns: housing, transit and mental health:


Affordable housing, public transit options and mental health services top the list of community needs for Bozeman and surrounding towns, according to a freshly released study by nonprofit HRDC. The ...


How Poverty Changes the Brain:


"When a person lives in poverty, a growing body of research suggests the limbic system is constantly sending fear and stress messages to the prefrontal cortex, which overloads its ability to solve problems, ...


Bozeman affordable housing program isn't working, mayor says:


Bozeman's effort to encourage affordable home construction by offering incentives to builders and developers "has not worked," Mayor Carson Taylor said Monday in his annual State of the City address, ...

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