Issue #155 July 1st, 2010

The Good Life

survey aims to measure our cultural landscape

Emma O'Brien, photos by V1 Staff

“We felt like there wasn’t a collective voice speaking for Eau Claire’s culture,” McLeod says. So she and a team of other organizations with a stake in our community joined forces to create the Good Life Project.

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Issue #155 July 1st, 2010

Strolling Iowa

former Eau Claire city manager migrated to Iowa City to help create fantastic pedestrian mall

Kinzy Janssen

“In some ways, we’re cautious and conservative. We try to avoid conflict. … The community suffers from the ‘We can’t do that here’ attitude.”

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Issue #153 June 3rd, 2010

The Impossible Building

a place where great ideas seemingly go to die

Trevor Kupfer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

“Whoever ends up taking it, is taking a huge risk. … I understand the city’s hands are tied, but they’ve got to take on some of that risk as well.” – Nate Vernon

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Issue #152 May 20th, 2010

Reshaping Hastings

city holding public input meetings on major roadway

Trevor Kupfer, photos by Nick Meyer

“We’re trying to understand that roadway from the eyes of the people living, working, and breathing around it every day.” – Public Works Director Brian Amundson

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Issue #152 May 20th, 2010

Gardening to Earth

cool new garden center humbly started with a 12 year-old

Matt Ledger, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If I hadn’t known that Highway 93 was right behind me, I would’ve sworn I was in the yard of a backwoods cabin. That’s how convincing the atmosphere is at the Down to Earth Garden Center.

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Issue #151 May 6th, 2010

In Land We Trust

what the Western Wis Land Trust can do for you

“Our mission is to preserve the natural character of Western Wisconsin,” stated Executive Director Richard Gauger. “We would like to see as much of Western and Northwestern Wisconsin stay like it was when we first came here."

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