Sunday Funnies – Minnesota “City of Tomorrow”

Because I live in Minnesota and grew up here, I occasionally find a story with local interest.  When I first read the headline for this story in an email from the Smithsonian, I assumed they were going to be talking about the urban experiment that was Jonathan, southwest of the Twin Cities near Chanhassen.

How a $10 Billion Experimental City Nearly Got Built in Rural Minnesota

A new documentary explores the “city of the future” that was meant to provide a blueprint for urban centers across America.  This new urban paradise was to be built in Aitkin County near Swatara.  The story is fascinating, but I do not remember having ever heard of this project before, when I was younger..

The undercurrent of how the idealism and futurism of the 60’s fell to the recession and political reaities of the 70’s was particularly poignant.  There is a documentary video for sale, and a list of public screenings if you are interested in going deep on this story.  From The Smithsonian



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Cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. Owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, Bob also conducts security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. Bob also teaches Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. Bob works as an instruction for CompTIA’s non-profit IT-Ready Program in the Twin Cities. IT-Ready is a tuition free 8-week program designed to teach students of all ages the fundamentals of IT support to prepare them for an entry level position in Information Technology Support. Graduates of the classes take the exams to become CompTIA A+ certified. Bob is a frequent speaker at conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. Bob has been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at

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