On Bump Outs, Logistics, and Citizenship in a Small Town

North Dakota Quarterly

Over the last few months, I’ve been contributing some short essays on small town life from North Dakota Quarterly’s back yard in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Here’s one, In Praise of Trucks,and another, Alone Together in a Small Town. Maybe someday, I’ll write a little book or something. 

– Bill Caraher, Editor

Recently, there’s been a pretty interestingdebate in our home base of Grand Forks, North Dakota  on bumpouts. Bump outs are a form of curb extension generally designed to protect pedestrians crossing busy streets by narrowing the road and slowing traffic at intersections. The Grand Forks City Council has installed a few temporary bump outs in downtown Grand Forks on an experimental basis and, as one might expect, they have attracted both positive and negative comment before eventually being voted down by the local city council.

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What’s been particularly interesting to me…

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