The main momentum behind this blog would be the downtown district of Fargo and how it is growing and developing specifically. With a relationship between a few aggressive developers and NDSU moving into a few buildings the once forgotten and unattractive downtown is changing into a interesting environment. So, with this change it is crucial to have a standard of design and construction at a level that will not only encourage more development, but a lasting impact into the future.
As a student of the built environment a plan that institutes and identifies good urban design will cause the city to have lasting and meaningful growth. Fargo is not the only city that is dealing with these sorts of issues because an increase of urban population has been an epidemic throughout the U.S. for many years now. I will post a few case studies and see where the issues of downtown development, university campus sprawl, and urban design will take me.