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Great Lakes cities found at the intersection of walkable and affordable

Rochester is among the U.S. cities at the intersection of walkable and affordable. Image:  Chris Tomkins-Tinch via Wikimedia Commons

We’ve always known that the Great Lakes are the center of the freshwater universe. But who would have thought that they are the intersection of affordability and walkability? A group that’s developed a method of scoring a community’s walkability recently listed neighborhoods in a dozen U.S. cities that are not only easy to get around, they’re affordable to live in. They produced the list with Walk Score data – which measures walkability – the Cost of Living Index and the average rents for every major city in the country. And guess what? Continue Reading →

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Best town right here in the Great Lakes region?

Photo: Robert G. Nulph

Duluth, Minn., got the nod in Outside Magazine’s Best Town contest. It beat out Provo, Utah, with 55 percent of the vote in the final round. Do you agree? Is Duluth the best town in the Great Lakes states, let alone the U.S.? To get to the final showdown, in head to head competition Duluth beat out Minneapolis, Minn.; La Crosse, Wis.;  Athens, Ohio; Columbia, Missouri. Continue Reading →

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