Archive | August, 2016

Time to Hold the Line on Downzoning

Forty-one years after a rezoning left most of Lowry Hill East zoned low-density, the city of Minneapolis has put neighborhood rezoning back on the table. The current plan is nearly all downzoning, meant to clean up the few high-density scraps left over from 1975. It’s hard not to take this issue personally, because I live in one of the […]

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Sunday Summary – August 7, 2016

For the first week of August, we have only four posts, but many comments about each. For next week, perhaps someone will write about the first event at US Bank Stadium and how the facility and transportation worked together (or didn’t). Or considering Olympic Games’ land use and transportation issues as the 2016 games open in […]

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When a Transit Shelter is Not a Transit Shelter

Last week Metro Transit unveiled a collaboration with the Downtown Improvement District to place a new bus shelter at 3rd Avenue S and S 7th Street downtown which is a very busy stop. This new shelter doubles as an herb greenhouse to better blah blah blah I can’t believe I’m writing this. Look. I can’t believe I have […]

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Dakota County Leaves the CTIB: the Orange Line is in Jeopardy

The Orange Line in Jeopardy Dakota County has decided to leave the CTIB (County Transit Improvement Board). The CTIB allegedly retaliated by refusing to fill a $12 million gap from the failed bonding bill with CTIB funds; this puts the Orange Line in jeopardy as the bulk of the funding ($120 out of $150 million) is expected […]

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Dear City of Minneapolis

My open letter to City of Minneapolis officials and staff regarding the disposition of a vacant, city-owned lot. I’m disappointed to see the recent article in the Southwest Journal, “Project with most parking wins vote in Lyndale neighborhood.” I am urging you and city staff to choose the 32+ unit apartment proposal that serves the interests […]

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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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