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Is the Twin Cities 'Permanent Rural' Area Truly Permanent?: A Case Study on the Rural-Urban Edge.

Bolan, Richard S.

This article is a case study of growth and development in Cottage Grove and Denmark Township, two communities at the urban-rural edge of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, during the period 1970-1990. Bolan observes that although the growth of Cottage Grove during the study period was much as one might expect of a middle- and upper-income suburb, the township of Denmark experienced a quite different transformation, from a small farming community with an average median income to an affluent exurban community. This article examines the evidence of changes in Denmark and Cottage Grove during the study period, and traces some of the social, fiscal, and transportation implications of these changes. The author concludes that current policies aimed at preserving permanent agricultural and rural areas cannot guarantee their preservation over the next 40 years, and recommends that more vigorous policies and regulatory tools be explored to assure that designated permanent rural areas remain rural.

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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
30 (3) 16-25.
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