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Fargo, state of North Dakota, media darlings

Marino Eccher
Monday, April 4, 2011

Kotkin upheld Fargo as an exemplar of heartland boomtowns in a Newsweek feature last July.

“A decade ago, this same street was just another unremarkable central district in a Midwestern down,” he wrote, describing a night on teeming Broadway. “That has all changed.” He sang similar praises for the state in a Wall Street Journal piece in March.

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"Greenurbia is the suburbs of the future. The suburbs of the 1950s were bedroom communities for people who commuted into the city. Today, there’s much more employment in the suburbs, and the big change is the number of people working full-time or part-time at home. Having people commute from one computer screen to another doesn’t make sense."

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Kotkin has a striking ability to envision how global forces will shape daily family life, and his conclusions can be thought-provoking as well as counterintuitive. It's amazing there isn't more public discussion about the enormous changes ahead, and reassuring to have this talented thinker on the case. — Jennifer Ludden, NPR national desk correspondent

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