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About David Lanegran, Retired

David Lanegran is a expert on urban development and planning issues, the history of the Twin Cities and the Iron Range area of Minnesota. He is also a resource on riverfront development in St. Paul. He has published several books and articles and is working on a book examining the residential patterns of the Twin Cities. He is the co-author of Grand Avenue: The Renaissance of an Urban Street. He teaches courses in human and urban geography. Lanegran is former president of the National Council for Geographic Education and serves as coordinator for the Minnesota Geography Alliance, which administers programming for K-12 geography teachers and students in the state.
B.A., Macalester College, 1963; M.A., University of Minnesota, 1966;
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1970
David Lanegran has been teaching at Macalester College since 1969.


Present Chair, Geography, Macalester College
Present John S. Holl Professor, Geography, Macalester College


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Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Citizen Award, Alumni Association of Macalester College 2014
  • Crystal Bowl from the College Board's Advanced Placement Program, June 2013
  • Gilbert Grosvenor Honors for Geography Education” Association of American Geographers, 2010 (This the highest award given by the AAG for leadership and contributions in geographic education
  • NCGE George J. Miller Award 2008--given for a distinguished record of service to geography education
  • Macalester Alumni Service Award 2008
  • Macalester's Jefferson Award recognizing outstanding teaching
  • Burlington-Northern Award for Teaching Excellence


  • Human Geography
  • Historical Geography of Urbanization
  • Urban Geography
  • Urban Geography Field Seminar
  • World Urbanization

Contact Information

Macalester College
Carnegie 104E
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 696-6502


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