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Southern Cooper

The Longfellow community’s Cooper neighborhood hugs the west bank of the Mississippi, bounded on the south by 34th Street East, on the west by 38th Avenue South, and on the north by the Midtown Greenway. For my first day in the neighborhood, I concentrated on the portion south of Lake Street, though I left a little area […]

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A Walk in Eastern Como

Much of the Como neighborhood lies between two diagonal sets of railroad tracks. The more northerly was originally the Northern Pacific, while the more southerly was the Great Northern. Today both belong to BNSF. (I previously photographed these tracks running southeast out of Northtown Yard in Columbia Park, adjacent to the Shoreham Yard interchange.) The one exception […]

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Five Reasons to Support the Snelling Avenue South Zoning Study

The Saint Paul City Council hearing on the Snelling Avenue South Zoning Study is on September 6th, 2017. Highland District Council, Macalester Groveland Community Council and Union Park District Council voted to support the Study. The Snelling Avenue South Zoning Study recommends Traditional Neighborhood rezoning of Snelling and its commercial nodes. Traditional Neighborhood zoning will […]

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A Walk in Central Como

The day after I walked western Como, I returned to fill in some of the area east of 18th Avenue: all of the area between the railroad tracks as well a few blocks of the area between the northern tracks and Hennepin Avenue. I did quite a bit of backtracking, shown in red, especially in the […]

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Walking in Western Como

Several acquaintances, knowing that I’m walking Minneapolis’s neighborhoods, expressed confusion when I announced that Como was up next: “In Minneapolis??” Apparently the name brings St. Paul more readily to mind. St. Paul was where the name first immigrated to Minnesota, when Charles Perry in 1848 named Como Lake after Lake Como, despite the substantial differences between […]

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Western Columbia Park: Industrial Gateway to the Camden Bridge

My first, second, and third days in Columbia Park covered almost the entire neighborhood, but one small area along the river still remained, which was cut off from the rest of the neighborhood due to the St. Anthony Parkway’s Northtown bridge being in the midst of replacement. At the start of the 20th Century this area was home to […]

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We Must Foster Opportunity on Hennepin Avenue

At the Lowry Hill Ice Cream Social a couple weeks ago, my neighbors asked me what I think about the Peris development proposal by The John and Denise Graves Foundation for affordable youth housing. It’s tucked on an awkward, oddly shaped parcel between Colfax and Hennepin Avenue, right where the freeway exit dumps drivers out […]

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Columbia Park Day 3: Shoreham and Northtown Rail Yards and Hi-View Park Area

My first and second days in Columbia Park covered nearly all of the streets east of University Avenue. Therefore, on my third day, I focused on areas further west, although not as far west as the neighborhood extends. (From St. Anthony Parkway north to 37th Avenue, the neighborhood goes all the way to the river, […]

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Southeastern Columbia Park: Golf Course, Rail Yards, Cemetery, etc.

Although this walk covered about the same number of miles of street as the previous one, it covered several times as many square miles of area. That’s because I walked the perimeters of two large, roadless areas. The northern part of this walk looped around Columbia Park itself, that is, the park (largely a golf […]

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Minneapolis Zoning Plate #25 from 1975. Again, we see areas where apartments were previously allowed changed to prevent their construction, replaced with R2B zoning.

Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing Shortage Rooted in Downzoning of 1970s

Efforts are underway to preserve existing “naturally occurring affordable housing” (NOAH) in Minneapolis. A $25 million loan program created by the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund (GMHF) will provide non-profit housing organizations with low-interest loans in order to purchase and preserve existing NOAH properties. What is a NOAH property? The GMHF site puts it this way: […]

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