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A New Kind of Urban – Affordable, Active and Alive!

by Beth Heller This month’s focus on civic connection doesn’t limit public engagement to activities like voting or running for public office.  This week we’re taking a look at the importance of economic revitalization, and at Live54218 we have our eye on an important trend:  affordable urban lifestyles. Jennifer Griffin outlines the affordable urban lifestyle… Continue reading A New Kind of Urban – Affordable, Active and Alive!

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True Confessions of a Local Government Newbie

 Beth Heller When I joined the team at Live54218, my less-than-ironclad grip on the workings of local government was exposed pretty quickly.  I watched, impressed, as colleagues dashed off to voice their views at public hearings, and rally troops to attend county board meetings about plowing the Fox River Trail.  I listened, admiringly, as they… Continue reading True Confessions of a Local Government Newbie

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How Much for a Container of Butterflies?

 Beth Heller It’s February, and although the snow continues to fall, our minds inevitably begin to wander of their own accord.  “Spring,” our senses whisper.  We sense it’s around the corner – that first day when the sun pushes off those few extra rays of heat that wake dormant leaves and shoots. While that day… Continue reading How Much for a Container of Butterflies?

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Tidbit #3: Can We Come to Your Table?

 Beth Heller As part of our expanded focus with The GROW Project, Live54218 is working to forge broader community connections and have authentic conversations about the definition of well-being.  In the next few months, we’re going to be out in the community, seeking to engage and inspire a group of Well-being Influencers to help this… Continue reading Tidbit #3: Can We Come to Your Table?