Photos Courtesy of Kilbourne Group
By most accounts, Fargo is tiny.
Our predictions of a population of 330,000 people in 26 (long) years are exciting enough to make local headlines. Granted, that’s quite a jump from today’s count of 234,000. But still nowhere near the critical mass typically needed to pull off some of the things Fargo seems to do with ease.
Since breaking ground on the 18-story mixed-used Block 9 project in downtown Fargo, we’ve had a bit of increased interest from national media about the project. Unfailingly, they ask what it takes to make such a project happen in a city the size of Fargo.
From wowing the world with our ability to mobilize in a massive flood fight, to drawing attention from national media for our tech scene, our football skills (playing AND cheering) and our eclectic, vibrant downtown, Fargo has a knack for punching above its weight class.
Fargo puts itself in impressive company when it comes to being granted a local chapter of CreativeMornings, a national breakfast lecture series for creative communities. The licensing application states: “You’re welcome to apply, but in the past, we typically only accept chapters in cities with a population of over 500,000.” Not even halfway there, that didn’t stop Fargo’s Jeff Knight. With an attitude we like to think of as true Fargonian, Jeff said, “I figured even if we were rejected or didn’t qualify, it wasn’t going to stop me from starting something similar anyway. It’s just a major bonus that we were in fact selected and are able to be a part of CreativeMornings’ global network, so people from all over the world can see our talks and hear voices from Fargo next to those from Tokyo, New York, Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro, etc.”
Unglued: Craft Fest
Our thriving community of artists and makers throw a huge party each February at the Unglued: Craft Fest, now in its ninth year in downtown Fargo. Last year, the Craft Fest drew more than 5,000 people for the art market, which has a reputation that stretches well beyond our region. Organizer Ashley Morken of Unglued tells us their mission is to “inspire the snot out of our city with a weekend bursting at the seams with creativity.” As a proud sponsor and excited attendees, we say, “Mission accomplished.”
As Livability recently asked, can we talk about how cool Fargo is? We think it’s pretty cool that our community comes together to support people with big crazy ideas. It’s a community we are thrilled to be a part of.
For more Fargo cheerleading, check out Livability’s piece on how cool this spot we get to call home is here.