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Fourplexes Everywhere? Bold Reform Proposed in Minneapolis

Word has leaked of a very preliminary plan to legalize fourplexes in virtually every neighborhood in Minneapolis. It’s one part of a larger draft comprehensive plan that hasn’t yet been made public. If implemented, it would be the boldest land-use reform in the country, reversing a decades-long trend of restrictions that have contributed to higher […]

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Saint Paul’s History vs. Saint Paul’s Future

In the Fall of 2017 Saint Paul City Council enacted a development moratorium along Marshall Avenue, a residential transit corridor on the west side (not the West Side) of the Capitol City.  The moratorium was in reaction to two development proposals that had surfaced over the summer.  Legally speaking, the city was not trying to […]

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You (Should) Have the Right to (A Housing) Attorney

The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that you have a right to an attorney in criminal prosecutions.  The Supreme Court has interpreted that right, most famously in Gideon vs. Wainwright, to include an attorney provided by the government if you cannot afford one.  Hopefully, the reason behind this is obvious: your liberty […]

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Affordable Housing Community Forum for Minneapolis

This forum is an opportunity for community members to discuss affordable housing issues with City of Minneapolis policymakers and staff. The meeting is a collaboration between Mayor Frey, his Affordable Housing Policy Committee, and the City Council’s Housing Policy Development Committee. Discussion will center around:

· Housing Stability and Tenant Protections
· Production and Preservation of Rental Housing
· Homeownership
· How business can participate to ensure affordable housing

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Rent Control activists picketing

Why I Oppose Rent Control

I believe housing is a human right, and that we are facing a housing crisis that will impoverish a generation if we do not act quickly and aggressively.  I would support nearly any policy that would increase access to affordable housing, reduce the number of rent-burdened households, and reduce or eliminate displacement.   But I […]

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Call for Proposals: Inaugural Bike + Walk Minnesota Conference DEADLINE EXTENDED

Good news, y’all: For the first time ever, this year the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota is adding an explicit pedestrian focus to its 2018 conference, the appropriately titled Bike + Walk Minnesota Conference (formerly the PedalMN Conference) which will be held April 29 – May 1 in Rochester. As one of the conference organizers, I’m writing […]

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Housing Justice: Protection, Production & Supply

New Twin Cities demographics of the growing poor, young professionals and increasing wave of baby boomers retiring demands that we need more affordable places to live more now than ever. Yet the availability of these units are quite low and previously affordable units or complexes have increased their rents or are being sold entirely. So what does the landscape look like in the Twin Cities for affordable housing production? How do we preserve and protect the current renters and supply of affordable housing? Who are the decision makers and players in the environment that are dedicated to safe, affordable and welcoming places for all of us to call home? Come hear from those involved in tenant protection and affordable housing professionals on this very important issue at our January Issue Series!

Guest Speakers
– Richfield Council Member Maria Regan Gonzalez
– Tim Thompson, President & Senior Staff Attorney of the Housing Justice Center
– Alan Arthur, President and CEO, Aeon

Other speakers to be announced

AGENDA
5:30 – 6 PM – Networking and Light Appetizers
6 – 8 PM Program

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Chart of the Day: Share of US Rental Construction by Price

Today, Curbed has a great summary of a recent report on affordable and rental housing in the US, that comes out of the annual Harvard report on rental housing. The report and the piece are full of eye-opening charts and data, but here’s just a sample:   Compared to ten or twenty years ago, a […]

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Podcast #106: Minneapolis Ward 3 with Ginger Jentzen

The podcast this week is a conversation with Ginger Jentzen, who is running for Minneapolis City Council in Ward 3. Jentzen is a community organizer who formerly ran the successful 15 now living wage campaign that raised the minimum wage in Minneapolis this year. Now she’s running for Council as part of the Socialist Alternative […]

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Sunday Summary – August 27, 2017

The Great Minnesota Get-Together is now in full swing (and still time to get there for my favorite Stock Dog Trials tomorrow starting at 9), it is back to school time, and early voting for Minneapolis and Saint Paul elections starts in only a few weeks. Here’s the week on streets.mn: Join us You’re Invited […]

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