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CDG Principal, Antonio Rosell discusses the study with citizens at a pop-up event

The Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association recognized the US 59 Worthington Corridor Study with an Excellence in Community Engagement award. Recognized were Minnesota Department of Transportation, the City of Worthington, Nobles County, and a project team that included CDG. The project is developing a long-term vision for the reconstruction of US 59, which is a primary route through the commercial district of Worthington, MN.

Community involvement outside the office is essential for Community Design Group staff members. For that reason CDG member, Adrian Diaz participated for the second time in the Maple Grove Lions Club annual food basket assembly, which provided boxes full of food for families-in-need.

This was the 37th year that the Maple Grove Lions Club and Fire Department organized the food basket assembly.

It’s 2018 and winter is back with a vengeance. As the cold seems to have settled in for the long winter haul, many people have begun their yearly hibernation routines. But as those who love winter will tell you, the drop in temperature doesn’t mean you have to stay inside. Getting outside and staying active throughout the winter is important for mental, physical and environmental health. Whether you’re a diehard biker or just looking to make the most of your winter, consider participating in some of these fun events happening locally, nationally and internationally in the new year.

Dynamics Gymnastics Team Runners

CDG encourages active lifestyles and the plans we create lead to development of pedestrian-oriented infrastructure which provides safe space and access to meet the needs of people of all ages and abilities. Many teams and training groups will use this infrastructure to go for team runs outside, increasing endurance and team bonding to create a social atmosphere.

Team member Adrian Diaz coordinates Latino Youth programs with La Oportunidad, a local non-profit serving the Latino community. This summer he organized a hands-on, dynamic youth program, “Latino Power,” with an emphasis to empower and strengthen the skills of Latino high school and college students to become active leaders in their community. As part of the program, the group of students organized a community event at Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis.

CDG recently completed a tactical urbanism pilot project in the City of Red Wing, MN. The project re-imagined the well-traveled intersection of Old West Main St and Jackson St as a pedestrian-oriented space with bump outs, colorful crosswalks, a four-way stop sign, and pop-up activities. As the consultant on this project, CDG guided overall intersection design, programming recommendations, engagement materials, and the processing of community feedback. Implementing this pilot included a few notable lessons:

This past Friday CDG hosted an enriching water-themed Lunch-and-Learn to cap off Infrastructure Week. The presentation featured two field experts: Matt Kumka of Barr Engineering and Marcus Bush of the Metropolitan Council. Matt presented on infrastructure innovations that creatively and responsibly deal with water runoff. Marcus focused on the efforts of the Met Council's Environmental Services department to most efficiently process water and accommodate increased regional growth.

Key presentation takeaways:

Small towns across the country are looking to grow at the same time as they are attempting to preserve their unique character. How can thoughtful planning strike a balance between these two basic principles: protect and prosper?

St. Joseph, a city of approximately 6,700 people, is located in Stearns County in central Minnesota. The city is an hour outside of the Twin Cities and is home to the College of Saint Benedict, small local businesses, families, and industries. Residents love the city's small town feel, feeling of safety, and its close-knit community and local businesses. We're currently working with the city to develop their comprehensive plan update. The update is an effort to strategically plan and improve land use, housing, parks, transportation, and economic development as the city grows.


The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turned 27 this year and has had a huge impact on not only those living with disabilities, but also their families and friends. The benefits of ADA design extend beyond those with a disability to also include the elderly, parents with strollers, or transit passengers carrying heavy luggage, among others.

How do we plan and implement infrastructure that provides safe service to all forms of pedestrian traffic?

CDG has been working with This Inclusive Life to plan routes for accessibility walks in the Twin Cities.