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Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013 7:00 am | Updated: 7:06 pm, Tue Nov 19, 2013.

Santa Fe has sensed for 400 years when to split up to get things done and when to come together for the common good. City Different. Common sense.

Our community of activists knows that sometimes people draw close around a cause to accomplish great things. They can restore a stream bed, encourage an artist and offer friendship to the isolated.

At other times, small groups need to find partners in tackling issues that reach across the broader community. It takes community wide teamwork to create educational opportunities, integrate creative communities and coordinate innovative solutions.

Proudly titled City Different magazine, this publication is full of examples – all uniquely Santa Fe stories – that reveal how the intensity of neighborhood action complements the impulse to meet big challenges.

How do small, diverse groups pool their talents and resources? What is the blueprint that will make the creative economy and heritage tourism sustainable culturally and commercially? How is United Way working to end poverty by taking the long view? Where do we find success in keeping smart, educated natives in New Mexico to live and work? Where does Santa Fe stand as a wired community of the future?

Santa Fe is answering those questions, as it always has. In 1812, Santa Fe rallied around ways to stimulate agriculture and industry and to develop teachers and doctors. In 1844, the cause was livability, and Santa Fe planted cottonwoods on the Plaza and created a park down the street. By 1912, Santa Fe joined the “City Beautiful” movement in urban planning, but soon city leaders gave it a local spin and began promoting Santa Fe not as a “City Beautiful” but as the “City Different,” a lasting point of pride.

The City Different is a city of doers, and usually with a unique twist. This publication is for readers who believe in Santa Fe. We hope you find in its pages your call to action.

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