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Forum editorial: Restoring downtown Moorhead’s former glory

Posted on February 23, 2017

Fargo’s downtown began a transformation two decades ago. It’s easy to forget that what’s now a bustling entertainment and retail destination in the heart of the city once had deteriorated into an uninviting eyesore. Moorhead’s downtown has suffered from similar problems, common to many downtowns that were hollowed out during the misguided “urban renewal” period of the 1960s and ’70s.

Moorhead has been trying for years to enliven its downtown, with steps including recent redevelopments that nicely blend with the remaining old buildings. Now civic, business and higher education leaders are launching a new effort to bring vitality back to Moorhead’s downtown. It’s off to a promising start, with $500,000 in pledges to help start the initiative, which will be led by local campus presidents, underscoring Moorhead’s strong and distinctive higher education presence.

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Plans for Downtown Moorhead organization underway

Posted on February 17, 2017


The Downtown Moorhead project is a collective, collaborative effort to envision and realize a new, 21st century downtown neighborhood for Moorhead.

The Downtown Moorhead project is led by a steering group made up of the presidents of Moorhead’s three colleges/university (Concordia College, M State, and Minnesota State University Moorhead) and several business and civic leaders in the community. The steering group has led the efforts to secure pledges from the Moorhead business community to support an initial three-year startup of a downtown-focused organization in Moorhead. There are currently 28 investors with combined commitments nearing half a million dollars over the next three years.  Read the rest of this entry →

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