Cedar-Riverside residents voice concern with area homelessness

(Photo by August Schwerdfeger published under Creative Commons License)

At a Cedar-Riverside neighborhood meeting earlier this month, a Somali elder stood and addressed attendees, painting an image of a recent frightening encounter with what he believed was a gang of drunken, homeless individuals.

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Rethinking homelessness and following Utah's lead

Despite Minnesota's improving economy, many are still struggling. There are 14,000 homeless people in Minnesota, including 4000 children. Many homeless people were doing okay, until losing their job, developing health problems, facing domestic violence, or battling mental illness or addiction.

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Junta de inquilinos establecida para el avance de mejoras a viviendas, próxima reunión, miércoles 22 de octubre

El 11 de septiembre, líderes residentes de departamentos en Corcoran votaron para formalizar nuestros esfuerzos de inquilino del vecindario en una Junta de Inquilinos.

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Residentes se suman al desarrollo de 2225 East Lake

Cerca de 150 personas llegaron el 3 de abril a escuchar sobre los planes propuestos por Hennepin County para la compra y rediseño de 2225 East Lake, propiedad de 6.5 acres, entre la estación del tren ligero de Lake Street y el YWCA. Desde aquel tiempo, el Condado ha juntado a 2 grupos de trabajo de del gobierno, profesionales de diseño y residentes locales, para trabajar en el asunto relacionado al diseño sustentable y conexiones de trafico bici/peatones dentro del diseño. Cada uno de estos grupos se ha reunido una vez, y el CNO reunió información de residentes quienes participaron, incluyendo residentes de Corcoran como Jane St. Clair, Tami Traeger, John Paul, Benjamin Tsai, Billy Weber, Gerry Tyrrell, Heidi Traore, Jim Walsh y Peggy Knapp.

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Tenants' council established to advance housing improvements, next meeting Wednesday, October 22

On September 11, apartment resident leaders in Corcoran voted to formalize our neighborhood’s tenant organizing efforts into an open Tenants’ Council, or La junta de inquilinos.

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Sat, Oct 18: PRG, Inc. Homebuyer Workshop offered free

What mortgage is best for you? How do you know the house you like won’t be a ‘money pit’? What are all of the forms you will be expected to sign? Should you try to buy a house without a real estate agent to save money? Homebuyer education can help you make the smart choices for yourself and your family.

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Staying warm and saving energy this fall

As the weather turns a little chilly and we begin to think about covering our plants before the first frost, it may also be the first time that some of us are turning on our heating systems for the season. This is a great time to get yourself set for comfort and savings this fall and winter with a Home Energy Squad Enhanced visit.

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Making transit-oriented development great at Lake and Hiawatha

There is room for improvement at the transit-oriented development proposed at Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue. It has been a long time coming, but the latest version of the project (shown above) has Hennepin County acting as master developer, working with a private design and development team led by BKV Group. A Hennepin County service center will be the primary tenant of a mixed-use office/retail building on the 6-acre site, which will also include an approximate one acre public plaza that will be home to the Midtown Farmers Market, as well as around 500 housing units. The county has indicated a short timeline to get the county services building up and running, and I fear in their haste urban design and public realm issues won’t be properly vetted.

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Minnesota House candidate Yolandita Colón hopes to bridge party divide

(Photo courtesy of vote4colon.com)

Yolandita Colón is a bit of an anomaly. On the one hand, she seems to stand for progressive causes like educational equality, meaningful immigration reform, improved housing for all, and human rights and social justice. On the other, she favors lowering taxes for businesses and business owners, and has very conservative stances on social issues such as abortion and same sex marriage.

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Thoughts on Minneapolis' proposed Accessory Dwelling Units ordinance

Minneapolis folks, the draft ordinance for Accessory Dwelling Units is available! It’s like Christmas-come-early for urbanists. Ok, maybe not that extreme, maybe it’s more like President’s Day? I dunno. Either way, the pace that the city council and planning staff have moved this particular topic through to this point is very encouraging, as is the level of support (92%!) so far from Minneapolitans. That’s insane – I can’t imagine 92% of us agreeing on what color pavement our streets should be, so, good job!

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