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!

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

  1. Matty Lang
    Matty Lang March 23, 2015 at 10:56 am #

    Who’s crunching on the munchies, Bill?

    • Will March 23, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

      That was Bill going to town on some Hot Cheetos & Taki’s

      • Matty Lang
        Matty Lang March 23, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

        Heh. Nice job, guys.

      • Bill Lindeke
        Bill Lindeke March 23, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

        yeah, guilty. i was hungry.

  2. Matt Steele March 24, 2015 at 9:50 am #

    Good podcast. Well, halfway through it abruptly ended in my podcast app. It got me thinking how rarely I ever get over to North. I was doing some Street View Tourism of 26th/Penn area, from 2011. Tornado devastation was ubiquitous. I’m glad the neighborhood is seeing new investment and new life for old properties.

    • Bill Lindeke
      Bill Lindeke March 24, 2015 at 10:51 am #

      anyone else have that problem?

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