Podcast #85: Over North with Jeff Skrenes, Brian Finstad, and Will Lumpkins

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Historic photo of Penn and Lowry.

The podcast this week is a conversation with Jeff Skrenes, Brian Finstad, and Will Lumpkins, all about the historic preservation, transportation and neighborhood revitalization in North Minneapolis. Jeff, Brian, and Will are all very active in the community organizing and local politics in North Minneapolis, as well as posting and writing on the internet. We met up a few weeks ago one chilly early Spring evening at Jeff’s Penn Avenue house, which dates back to 1917 and was scheduled for demolition until Jeff bought and rehabbed the property. The four of us had a riveting conversation about how problems in Minneapolis can start to look different from the North side of the city, the challenges of revitalizing businesses and properties in the part of the city most hard-hit by the foreclosure and economic crises of the last ten years.

The link to the audio is here. Thanks for listening!

Bill Lindeke

About Bill Lindeke

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.