Revisioning Lake Wobegon
The Minnesota Design Team provides volunteer assistance to communities
statewide. Is it a model for other states?
By Adam Regn Arvidson, ASLA
James R Dean
The deadline looms: 7:00 PM. In less than half an hour, about 200
community residents will take seats in the Big Lake High School
multipurpose room and watch their community vision unfold before
their eyes. Before then, the presentation boards need to be finished.
So, in the art room, amidst the last remnants of a hastily consumed
dinner and a maelstrom of Prismacolors and Crayolas, 16 designers
are getting frantic. Trail master plans are completed and labeled,
lakeshore mitigation graphics are being colored, community goals
have been written and illustrated, and regional context maps are
getting their finishing touches.
It is the downtown commercial core everyone in Big Lake is worried
about. And that, in a less literal sense, is how this story begins.
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