Density is an historic resource

Lately I’ve been thinking about historic preservation.


University District Alliance public forum addresses area concerns

Como resident and property owner Mary Kay Dooley expresses concerns and ideas for the neighborhood at a forum at Van Cleve Community Center on Thursday. (Photo by Holly Peterson)

City officials were on hand as community members discussed ways to make the University of Minnesota area more livable Thursday.


Bad landlord update: Community members speak out

Khan property, on right, not repaired for years after 2011 tornado. (Photo courtesy of Debra Wagner)

Poorly maintained properties hurt property values in the neighborhoods they are in.


Redlining: Twin Cities banks still restricting home loans in "non-white" areas

Members of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), ISAIAH, and Minnesotans for a Fair Economy stood together outside Minneapolis City Hall to accuse banks of continuing to “red-line” communities of color and refusing to refinance sub-prime mortgages from 2009-2012. Accompanying the activists and researchers were three Minneapolis City Council members — Blong Yang, Elizabeth Glidden and Cam Gordon, all of whom called for something to be done.


Marcy-Holmes finalizing master plan, seeking feedback

The Marcy-Holmes master plan update, which will guide growth and development in the neighborhood, was released Wednesday for public comment.


Renters' Credit should be part of tax plan

When the Legislature comes back into session next week after the Easter/Passover break, we encourage policymakers to focus their final tax bill negotiations on tax policies that create a fairer tax system.


OPINION | Rest in peace, Dorothy Day: The Dayton's Bluff Equity Committee looks at the process of siting a new Dorothy Day Center

The dust has settled on the proposal by Catholic Charities to site a new Dorothy Day Center on the Eastside. Unfortunately, Dorothy Day herself might have shuddered at how the discussion unfolded. A pacifist and anarchist, Day advocated “distributism,” the equitable division of property and the means of production.


University-area landlords say luxury apartment boom pushes neighborhood fixes

The apartment complex The Bridges is under construction at University and 10th avenues southeast and is set to open this fall. (Photo by Holly Peterson)

While the luxury apartment complexes popping up around the University of Minnesota give students more housing options, off-campus property owners are confident they can compete with the new development.


Advocating for good urbanism at City Hall: 2320 Colfax

I have been spending a lot of time recently thinking about how to advocate at City Hall for good urbanism. We spend a lot of time writing good posts on Streets.MN and debating in online chatrooms, but does that really move the needle at City Hall? Meanwhile, those of a preservationist mindset are always emailing City Council members and showing up to testify at public hearings.

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