Unraveling how the built environment can be used to create healthy and connected communities in which everyone can thrive. provides a comprehensive list of best practices that can be used to strengthen the economic and cultural vitality of neighborhoods, cities, regions, and states. Search by building type and city and share solutions with your elected officials and other advocates or connect with organizations and institutions that align with your goals and priorities.


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Why Culturally Enriched Communities matter

Minnesota along with the Greater Minneapolis/St Paul region consistently rank among the top in the country:  

Although Minnesota enjoys high ranks in many quality of life indicators, it also experiences disparities in health, education, and income between Whites and people of color. Healthy and connected communities however, are key to a region’s economic and cultural vitality. Designers, planners, policy makers, housing developers, neighborhood organizers, and advocates can use the eight principles and best practices of Culturally Enriched Communities to create places that contribute to the prosperity and well-being of all people.