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Whittier Alliance Among Most Restrictive Minneapolis Neighborhoods

On January 12th, the Whittier Alliance held a tense and somewhat controversial meeting for the purpose of amending their bylaws. Among the more contentious aspects of the new bylaw language was the section giving the Whittier Alliance’s Board of Directors the power to screen Board candidates according to subjective criteria. A clause was also added to require […]

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Minneapolis Via Creative Commons

Put a Lid on It?

There’s quite a bit of chitter-chatter about lidding the I35W interstate through Cedar-Riverside, coming out of downtown. First, the Star-Tribune wrote about it. Then Charlie Zelle mentioned it at Policy & A Pint on January 16: Charlie Zelle’s mention of putting a lid on 35W between downtown & U of M solicits cheers from the […]

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5 Heather Place in the Crocus Hill neighborhood.

I’ve Got Your Number

Unlike my usual posts, this one is not about a particular ride. Instead, it is a sort of compilation of many rides, most of them in 2014. Today’s post focuses on addresses, or house numbers, as they are officially known. You might correctly suspect that properties were first given addresses in the early days of […]

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Even the Minneapolis Fire Department prefers Saint Paul! 1387 Sargent Avenue.

A Visit to Rondo

July 4, 2014 (Independence Day) Macalester-Groveland, Rondo (Summi-University), Downtown, Lowertown, Crocus Hill 19.9 miles The non-profit Express Bike Shop on Selby Avenue is an excellent example of a business doing good. Staff has been teaching young people how to fix bikes since 1995. Youth interns work with the trained bike mechanics to rehab donated bikes, […]

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A Corner Store Classic

There are certain urban designs that cannot be improved upon. One of them is the neighborhood store with its doorway opening onto the corner. I recently discovered that one of the best examples was repeated a dozen times throughout the Minneapolis neighborhoods that developed in the 1920s. All feature the same decorative brickwork, including a white […]

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The Mississippi is well above its usual level as evidenced by the bank on the across the river.

Flood Lore from Yore and More

June 20, 2014 Highland Park, West End, Lowertown, Downtown 16.5 Miles A record-setting June for rainfall prompted me to make another trip along the Mississippi River to see how bad the flooding was. The 4.13 inches of rain that fell on June 19, a day before this ride, was the fifth wettest day since 1871, […]

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The Broad Base of ADU Boosters

Who wants to talk about granny flats some more?! By now, I hope you’ve read Bill Lindeke’s post on the subject, Max Musicant’s post on how it relates to preservation, and Alex Cecchini’s ideas on how to improve the draft ordinance. Most of Alex’s suggestions were incorporated into the new and improved draft ordinance, which is contained in […]

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