Matthias Leyrer is a resident of Mankato looking to restore a fraction of its old glory. He writes about the economic, aesthetic, practical and financial issues facing the city of Mankato going forward.
Walls have shaped humanity in a way that almost no other man made object could (except roads). Walls are a main reason why density happened in the middle ages, they segregated freedom from oppression in Berlin, but in Mankato they have a less glorious job: keeping the river out of the city.
“In its garden-sheltered streets and aisles of elms is white and green New England reborn.” The famous author Sinclair Lewis wrote these words about my very own Mankato, MN and if you were to go downtown, you can see the shell of his words.
A diversified economy is somewhat of a modern phenomenon. As technology and transportation progressed, location wasn’t as large a factor when it came to production of goods. Hallstatt, Austria was pretty much solely built for the salt mines and plenty of cities in Appalachia are still employed by coal.With these industries other merchants make their... More