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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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Adventures in Suburbia: Building Affordable Housing in Blaine

On a 6-1 vote on August 3, the Blaine (MN) City Council approved an actual high-density housing development. I have previously questioned Blaine’s priorities for development, including years of bizarre hand-wringing over putting high-density housing in other locations, like in The Lakes development. However, Blaine has decided that it is time to approve some density. […]

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Chart of the Day: Visualizing Our Backlog of Home Building

Many people have observed on this site and others that we’re not building enough housing in the United States, and that this has a significant impact on affordability. Housing lasts for a long time if properly looked after, so if the population and people’s household arrangements don’t change, we don’t need to build much housing. Neither […]

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Housing is (Not) a Human Right

One of the more popular ways for progressive candidates to excite a crowd or for pro-housing advocates to frame their arguments is to assert “Housing is a human right.” We should stop saying this, and call out candidates when they say it. It’s a lie. Housing isn’t a human right—at least not in practice. I […]

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Map of Lowry Hill East and Whittier neighborhoods from 2016

Sunday Summary – July 2, 2017

The streets.mn Summer Picnic is July 15! which means it’s getting closer.  streets.mn will provide grill-ables (animal and vegetable); you bring conversation, food you’d like to share, and your friends. streets.mn board members will also host an informal meeting for about an hour before the picnic with updates on the organization and giving you a chance […]

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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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