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Lowry Hill East Rezoning Community Meeting Tomorrow

As has been written about here already, the City of Minneapolis is currently considering changes to the zoning in the northern portion of the Lowry Hill East neighborhood. Council Member Lisa Bender and the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association are planning a community meeting about this project for September 7th (tomorrow!) from 6:00 to 7:30pm. This meeting will be an […]

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Something Brewing in Northeast: A Mistake at Hennepin and Central

Just earlier this year the East Isles neighborhood endured the gut-wrenching disappointment of watching the proposal for a new Walgreens along Hennepin Avenue in south Minneapolis get approval. The project stirred up a lot of debate about what belongs in urban corridors and how suburban-style single story drive-thru commercial impacts the areas of Minneapolis with […]

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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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