Strong Towns Curbside Chat

What:
A nationally sought after speaker, Chuck Marohn, PE, AICP, is the President and Co-Founder of the non-profit Strong Towns. His background as an engineer and planner give him an intimate understanding of how land use and infrastructure projects get designed, funded and built. Strong Towns is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that travels the nation to promote a complete understanding of the costs that are associa­ted with our communities’ methods of growth to achieve financial strength and resiliency.

Chuck has given over 200 presentations to public officials, staff professionals and local citizens in the last five years to help them find a new pathway forward.

About the Curbside Chat:
The Curbside Chat program covers the causes and impacts of the current economic crisis, examines case studies on the finances of America’s development pattern, reviews ideas of the suburban era we need to shelter, and proposes strategies for adjusting to the new realities we face.

When & Where:
Wednesday, May 13 – 5 PM at the Dakota Medical Foundation, 4141 28th Street South – General Curbside Chat.

Thursday, May 14 – 7:30 AM in the Elevate Room of the Loretta Building, 210 Broadway, Fourth Floor – Curbside Chat Conversation.

New DRO to Downtown Fargo

The Downtown District of Fargo is pleased to welcome Scott Normandin to the new Downtown Resource Officer position. Scott will take the position of the evening DRO.

Scott Normandin

“Scott and I will work closely together to make the downtown area a more safe and vibrant place for residents, workers and tourists. I’m glad to have him on board”, Officer Todd Wahl, morning DRO.

Scott has worked in the downtown area for about 3 years and was selected last year to be the DRO and he started this March. “I love the challenge of downtown and working with the business owners.”

Fargo Police Department has made it their mission to help promote a revitalized, safe and clean downtown that will appeal to citizens and visitors.

Scott has played a lot of different rolls in the department, one was a Police Training Officer for a little over 5 years. He has also been part of the Peer Assistance Crisis Team for about 6 years and part of the Crisis Intervention Team, for about 3 years.

Scott attended Alexandria Technical College for the two year program where he obtained his associates degree in Law Enforcement.

Please welcome Scott with a smile and “hello” when you see him downtown!

Everything you need to know for the 2014 Downtown Fargo Street Fair!

by Jed Pahan | Downtown Community Partnership
Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The 39th Annual Downtown Fargo Street Fair kicks off Thursday, July 17! Vendors from across the country have travelled to Fargo to set up shop for this favorite summer event. The Downtown Fargo Street Fair is North Dakota’s largest free outdoor event. This three day event features original works by regional and national artists and crafters. The Downtown Fargo Street Fair is a juried show and the artists and crafters are chosen based on the quality and uniqueness of their products.

2014 dates & hours:
Thursday, July 17 – 10am-9pm
Friday, July 18 – 10am-9pm
Saturday, July 19 – 10am-5pm
click here for the 2014 Art/Crafter Map
click here for the 2014 Food Vendor Directory

Winning Art

“LIGHTS” by Caecie Deblaere
2014 Xcel Energy Art Contest Winner

If you’ve seen the official event posters and maps, you’ve likely noticed the Xcel Energy Art Contest winner Caecie Deblaere’s wonderful artwork, “LIGHTS”. Each year, Xcel Energy, sponsors an art contest that engages and challenges artists of all ages. This year’s art was part of the Xcel Energy Children’s Art Contest that was open to children in grades 6-8. Over 30 entries were submitted from area schools. “All of the submissions much inspirational talent in this community” said Mike Hahn, President/CEO of the Downtown Community Partnership. Mark Nisbet, North Dakota Principal Manager of Xcel Energy, stated, “The quality of the artwork submitted was truly remarkable. It was evident the students put ALOT of work into their submissions. We’re pleased to have so many local students involved in the excitement of Downtown and the Annual Downtown Fargo Street Fair.” were outstanding! It was very difficult for the jurors to decide with so

BLOCH

BLOCH

See and interact with BLOCH, a global art project traveling to every continent on Earth. The project connects artists and folk traditions to facilitate a worldwide conversation through a large tree trunk from Switzerland called BLOCH originating from an ancient carnival tradition. LOCATION: in the U.S. Bank Parking Lot at 3rd Avenue North

 

Great Food Options

2014 Food Vendor Directory

You can expect just about everything when it comes to food items at the Downtown Fargo Street Fair! From food staples like cheese curds, corn dogs, fry bread tacos to mini donuts, gyros, milk shakes and new items including frog legs, frozen yogurt and more! This year marks the most diverse food options yet. There are healthier options as well like the healthy soba noodles that are wok fried and vegetarian sandwiches. More food you can expect are southern fried catfish, taco in a bag, gourmet hot dogs, bacon wrapped corn dogs, calamari, walleye, burgers, steak sandwiches, red velvet funnel cakes, fresh cut fries, pizza by the slice, crab fritters, kettle corn, coconut shrimp and so much more! See you at the Food Court!  Click here for the 2014 Food Vendor Directory
LOCATION: Food Court is at 2nd Avenue North and Broadway

Choppin’ Around with the Forum Communications Company on Thursday, July 17!
Pork chops grilled by the Underwood Lions and served by Forum Communications. $6 includes a pork chop, bread, cookie and beverage.
LOCATION: U.S. Bank Plaza

Great Entertainment

Pepsi Stage Performance

There will always be something fun happening on the PEPSI STAGE at 2nd Avenue North and Broadway during the Downtown Fargo Street Fair. Acts include:
Gooseberry Park Players presents “The Sound of Music” at noon – Thursday, July 17.
Spotlight on Youth presents “Tarzan” at 5:30pm on Thursday & Friday and 11am on Saturday.
Experience Blur presents ‘The Great Gatsby: A New Theatrical Experience” 12:45pm on Thursday and 12:30pm on Friday & Saturday.
LOCATION: 2nd Avenue North and Broadway

Staying Cool with the Scheels Misting Tent and more!
Take a break from the heat at Scheels’ Misting Tent. Cool off with Scheels at this year’s Street Fair.
LOCATION: on Broadway between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue North

NEW THIS YEAR! Scheels Obstacle Course
Grab the family and stop by the Scheels bike obstacle course for some fun in the sun! Demo the new Haro Youth Z10 no pedal bike (the perfect first step in learning how to ride), get your FREE bike safety check or get fitted for the right helmet for you by one of the Scheels Experts. They’ll be there all 3 days.
LOCATION: on 3rd Avenue North

Ride the MATBUS
Use MATBUS for your transportation needs to the Downtown Fargo Street Fair! MATBUS is providing service for a discounted fare of $1 on Thursday, Friday, and also providing a FARE-FREE Saturday. Riding MATBUS not only reduces fuel use and emissions but also provides a means to ride in comfort and attend the Street Fair without worrying about finding a parking spot. Six convenient “Park and Ride” lots are located in the community in which you can park your vehicle for free and then hop on the bus. Ride in comfort and air conditioning taking you right to the event. Visit www.MATBUS.com for locations to plan your trip.
BOOTH LOCATION: Broadway and Main Avenue

Sanford Women’s Breastfeeding Station
Sanford Women’s is sponsoring the Breastfeeding Station – a convenient and comfortable place for mothers to breastfeed and change their babies while visiting the Downtown Fargo Street Fair.
LOCATION: 3rd Avenue North

Freedom Chiropractic at the Downtown Fargo Street Fair
Freedom Chiropractic is designed to revolutionize and transform your health through: personalized nerve system analysis, customized nutritional guidance, fitness programs, and detoxification protocols to help restore your back to your God-given potential.
LOCATION: NE corner of 2nd Avenue North and Broadway

CenturyLink at the Downtown Fargo Street Fair
Visit CenturyLink for the latest on high speed internet and DirecTV offers. It’s an easy way to find out what speeds are available in your neighborhood! Already have service? – then be sure to stop by for a free account review.
LOCATION: 51 Broadway North – Dakota Plaza

See you there! Check out www.downtownfargo.com for full details!
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DowntownFargo
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DowntownFargo 

Downtown Meet & Greet to be held at Absolute Marketing Group

By: Mike Hahn, President/CEO
Downtown Community Partnership

The Downtown Community Partnership (DCP) in association with Absolute Marketing Group will host a Meet & Greet on Monday, June 16 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. All Downtown property owners, business owners, employees, residents and enthusiasts are invited to attend. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

Downtown Meet & Greets are held quarterly, involve no set program, and – on Monday — provide an awesome opportunity to celebrate the Absolute Marketing Group and Downtown while networking with friends.  Simply put, the purpose of the Meet & Greet is to strengthen the sense of community in Downtown.

To ensure accurate numbers for the event we ask you to RSVP by email to mike@downtownfargo.com

If you go:
Monday, June 16, 2014 from 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Absolute Marketing Group
222 Broadway N – Second Level
www.absolutemg.com

Downtown Meet & Greet in Action

For more information on the Meet & Greet and more, visit our website www.downtownfargo.com

Gate City Bank and City of Fargo Enhancing Exterior of their Downtown Building

by: Amy L. Nash, Sustainability Coordinator
Downtown Community Partnership

Gate City Bank is enhancing the exterior of their Downtown location to refresh the area and contribute to the vibrant atmosphere of Downtown Fargo.

The Bank is planting new trees and adding more than 1,000 plants, as well as a new green living divider covered in ivy near the parking spaces. In addition to the aesthetic improvements, Gate City Bank is also updating the parking lot, sidewalks, curb and gutter, driveway approaches, signage and street lights.

Gate City Bank has partnered with the City of Fargo of which is in support of these improvements.  In working with professional designers, Gate City Bank will be replacing all of the ash trees along 1st Ave N, and along 5th St N. Overall, the current ash trees have outgrown the sites, and vary in health and condition.  With the increasing threat of Emerald Ash Borer, this is also a perfect opportunity to partner with Gate City Bank to diversify with other tree species.

The City of Fargo ForesterScott Liudahl, is also coordinating with the Downtown Fargo Business Improvement District (BID) on adding trees in the district as well as adding diversity in some areas.

The City of Fargo has been named “Tree City USA” for over 35 years.  For more information on tree services and care, visit: http://www.cityoffargo.com/Residential/CityServices/StreetTreeServices/

For more information on Downtown happenings, check out http://www.downtownfargo.com

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey “Cruisin’ Broadway” Downtown Fargo 2014!

by Jed Pahan
Downtown Community Partnership 

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey “Cruisin’ Broadway” Downtown Fargo Kicks-off the 10th Season of North Dakota’s original cruise night in Downtown Fargo! “We couldn’t be more proud to celebrate ten years of this event that brings

Cruisin Downtown

photo by Sam Olson Studios

in all the classic cars/trucks and street rods from all over the region. It’s a free family fun event that showcases our Downtown District and is the perfect backdrop for all photo opts on a beautiful Thursday evening. It’s a great opportunity to view all the vehicles as they ‘cruise’ up and down Broadway, visit all the wonderful shops, dine at our outstanding restaurants/pubs and see all the wonderful things happening in the heart of our city” said Jed Pahan, Vice President of the Downtown Community Partnership.

“Cruisin’ Broadway is a great place to meet and talk cars with fellow enthusiasts. A great time for family and friends to get together in Downtown Fargo. It brings back a lot of memories from the good ‘ole high school days when we’d go Downtown to cruise and meet friends. We’d ‘cruise’ up and down Broadway with the windows down and the radio up! That was when we still had 8 tracks” said Mike Wheeler, member of the Northern Lights Corvette Club and member of the Cruisin’ Broadway Committee “There will be commemorative t-shirts, dash plaques and soda available to purchase along with vendors and door prizes on the U.S. Bank Plaza.”

Cruisin

photo by Sam Olson Studios

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey “Cruisin’ Broadway” Downtown Fargo:
Cruisin’ Broadway was established in 2005 to bring back the cruisin’ culture that once took place in the 1950s, 60s, 70s and early 80s in Downtown Fargo along Broadway. This event is made possible thanks to each sponsor, partnerships with local businesses, the City of Fargo and local car clubs.

2014 Season
Thursdays: May 15 | June 5 | August 7 | September 4
5pm – 9pm
More information can be found at www.downtownfargo.com

Main Logo 2014

2014 Main Logo

6th Annual Corks & Canvas – Art and Wine Walk!

by: Jed Pahan
Downtown Community Partnership 

Corks & Canvas – Art and Wine Walk is a retail event held on the second Thursdays of May, June, July, August and September geared to showcase the incredible Downtown Fargo businesses by inviting the community to enjoy an evening stroll through Downtown with wine sampling, live artists and great shopping! “We’re thrilled to have 27 businesses participating this year! With the success of the event and the record number of attendees at the Corks & Canvas series last summer, we’re looking forward to another fun retail event that showcases our wonderful Downtown businesses, local artists and wine. We thank everyone who attends, each participating business and our sponsors: Mosaic Catering & Event Service and Happy Harry’s Bottle Shop.” said Mike Hahn, President/CEO of the Downtown Community Partnership.

photo by Jed Pahan

“Corks and Canvas has grown into a beautifully organized event over the past several years thanks to the collaborative work of Downtown businesses and event sponsors. It is an opportunity for the community to enjoy a vast array of different art genres and fantastic wine while experiencing Fargo’s most unique hub, the Downtown district” said Josie Danz, Manager of Zandbroz Variety and member of the Corks & Canvas Planning Committee.

What you can expect: Live artists (local/regional), wine sampling, great shopping and a chance to enjoy a beautiful evening in the heart of the city.

For a full list of participating businesses, CLICK HERE.
2014 Dates:
Thursday, May 8 | 5pm-9pm
Thursday, June 12 | 5pm-9pm
Thursday, July 10 | 5pm-9pm
Thursday, August 14 | 5pm-9pm
Thursday, September 11 | 5pm-9pm

photo by Dan Francis Photography

2+1 Configuration…It’s Working!

by Mike Hahn, President/CEO
Downtown Community Partnership

It’s fun to go back and review past plans and their projections to see how things are turning out.  One of those plans is the NP and 1st Avenue North Corridor Development Plan completed by the Alfred Benesch and Company in 2010.  The plan states, “Two way traffic will provide a significant, positive economic impact for the Downtown Fargo area that will provide for more opportunities for development compared to the existing configuration.”  This plan provided an economic projection comparing two way streets to one-way streets.  The plan stated that if these streets remained one-ways, this corridor would see an increase in development estimated at $5.7 million over 10 years and $33.5 million over 25 years.  This is in comparison to reconfiguring to two-ways at $15.7 million over 10 years and $92.9 million over 25 years.

NP and 1st Avenue North were converted to a two way (2+1) configuration this past September (2013).  In monitoring economic impact in this corridor over the past six months, there has been a total of five new business starts and expansions.  This includes Bun Appetit (bakery), Vinyl Taco (restaurant/pub), Wurst Bier Hall (restaurant/pub), Your Day by Nicole (bridal store) and The Uptown Gallery (fine art gallery featuring local artists).  Craig Properties are currently building the Alexandra Marie Apartments at the corner of NP and 8th Street North, a $3 million investment.  In addition, there are plans to rehabilitate the former Union Storage & Transfer Company Building at 1026 NP by NP Avenue, LLC into a mix use development to include office, retail and apartment uses.  An estimated $9 million to $12 million project.

Some would argue it’s too early to contribute these developments to the two way streets, but ask any smart business owner and they will tell you they rather be on a two-way than a one way street where people are looking at their storefront through their rear view mirrors. It appears the reconfiguration of these streets are providing a positive impact.

They say pictures are worth a thousand words and in presentations, I use the following two photographs as examples of what the community hopes to accomplish in re-configuring this corridor from one ways to two ways:

NP Avenue & 5th Street

NP Avenue and 5th Street | August 2012

 

The corner of NP and 5th Street around 1:00 PM in August of 2012. Note lack of vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Also, spaces where buildings once stood are now parking lots.

 

 

NP Past

NP Avenue and 5th Street circa 1929

 

*The same corner as viewed in 1929.  This is the type of development the community hopes to accomplish incrementally as the two way street pattern is restored along this corridor.

 

 

*photo courtesy of NDSU Institute for Regional Studies Collections

Check out www.downtownfargo.com for updates, events and information on Downtown Fargo.

DowntownFargo.com Reaches Milestone

by Jed Pahan, Vice President and Matt Hansen, Project Coordinator
Downtown Community Partnership

The Downtown Community Partnership is excited to announce it has reached a milestone with the website www.downtownfargo.com! As of Friday, September 20, 2013, there were over 100,000 visits in 2013 and over a quarter million page views.

DowntownFargo.com

DowntownFargo.com is an incredible promotional tool for the community and its historic city center. We are very proud to have such an amazing website that highlights our Downtown District, the heart of our community. Winnipeg, Minneapolis, Omaha, Chicago and New York are in the top 15 cities that use the website. I’m confident enough to say it’s one of the best Downtown websites in the nation!” said Jed Pahan, Vice President of the Downtown Community Partnership.

“This milestone quantifiably shows increased interest in our community, not just from people in the immediate region, but from all over the Midwest,” said Matt Hansen, Downtown Community Partnership Project Coordinator, the person tasked with managing online content for Downtown Fargo.  “We believe in our retailers and business owners and are sharing their success with our online audience,” Hansen said.

DowntownFargo.com features an events calendar and business listings for participating businesses.  There are approximately 400 business listings featured on the site.

The Downtown Community Partnership’s mission is to be promoters, advocates, educators, and visionaries of our historic Downtown by connecting and partnering inside our community and beyond.