A special extra podcast for you, a conversation with Lisa Bender, who is running for the Minneapolis City Council in Ward 10, which stretches from Lake Calhoun and Uptown north-east to the Minneapolis Art Institute in the Whittier neighborhood. Among other things, Lisa has been an urban planner, nonmotorized transportation advocate, and coordinator of the state’s safe routes to school program, and is one of four people running for the hotly contested seat in Ward 10, currently occupied by Councilmember Meg Tuthill.
I sat down with Lisa late last week at The Beat, a coffee shop just off Hennepin Avenue. We discussed Lisa’s positions on transportation and land use, how cities can foster fruitful discussions about the future, and her ideas about balancing development and density in this diverse and changing section of Minneapolis. I hope you enjoy our conversation.