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Minneapolis’ Zoning Code Continues to Make Housing Unaffordable

There’s an Ethiopian proverb that goes something like, “When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.” When it comes to housing, Minneapolitans may have it better than those in Seattle, San Francisco, D.C., and Brooklyn, but a larger and wider slice of Minneapolis is feeling the pinch of fast-rising rents. For some, this even means […]

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Sunday Summary – March 27, 2016

March Madness may be taking over basketball fans’ lives and killing workplace productivity, but let’s take a moment to celebrate the Gophers Women’s Hockey team’s National Championship win over Boston College last Sunday, shall we?  Yes, that’s better. It’s been a light traffic week on streets.mn perhaps due to hockey, basketball, snow, or Spring Break, but […]

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Map Monday: Minneapolis Residential Zoning

Minneapolis has eight zones dedicated to residential uses, R1 through R6, plus R1A and R2B. A full half of those, R1, R1A, R2, and R2B, are dedicated to the preservation of the single family character of neighborhoods by allowing only single family homes or duplexes (1 & 2 Unit Residential). The other four, R3-R6, permit larger […]

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Sunday Summary – March 6, 2016

We’re still thinking about our 2nd Annual Writers’ Workshop and eagerly awaiting good stuff from new writers (two new writers’ posts are summarized below). Janelle Nivens’ post, A Spring-Like Walk to a streets.mn Writers’ Workshop, captures both the journey to the workshop on the University of Minnesota’s West Bank Campus, and one person’s perspective on what […]

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Inclusionary Zoning: Understandable Politics, Terrible Policy

Inclusionary zoning–a local government mandate that some new developments set aside some housing units at an “affordable” price point–is being discussed in Minnesota. Several Minneapolis council members have been supportive of an inclusionary zoning ordinance, and the council gave notice at the end of last year that they’re studying inclusionary zoning with an eye towards […]

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A History of Downzoning

The year is 1995. A landlord is renovating his triplex when a concerned neighbor appeals to the neighborhood association for help. The organization comes to the rescue, deciding¹ that “because the building has been vacant for over a year, the nonconforming use expires and the building should revert to a duplex.” The neighborhood was Lowry […]

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Historic Context for The Wedge’s Historic District

Last September, Ward 10 Council Member Lisa Bender’s office held an informational meeting regarding a proposed Lowry Hill East historic district. It was a homeowners-only affair, intended for those whose properties would be included, though there were plenty of party crashers: eager homeowners from outside the proposed boundaries, a guy from Kingfield, and at least two […]

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Sunday Summary – February 15, 2015

Here’s the week’s news beautifully gift boxed like yesterday’s Valentines candy.  You can select only your favorite chocolate covered cherries or sample each and every morsel.  Streets.mn assumes no liability for your choice of what you thought was the caramel but turned out to be the fruit cream. North By Midwest is a long post starting from […]

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