OPINION | Metropolitan Council plans go wrong, but not as the right imagines

"Forcing more people to live in multifamily housing ... Subsidizing expensive alternatives to driving ... Diverting gas taxes and other highway funds ... Converting general-purpose lanes to dedicated bike lanes ... Undemocratic, grandiose and ultimately destructive ... Play[ing] 'Sim City' with the lives of Twin Cities residents."


Prospect Park lays out annual goals: Residents hope to attract development and engage students while lowering noise and traffic

Bill Seeley and other Prospect Park residents brainstorm improvements to their neighborhood at the annual Prospect Park East River Road Improvement Association meeting at the Profile Event Center on Monday. (Photo by Holly Peterson)

Prospect Park East River Road residents set goals for their neighborhood at the association’s annual meeting Monday.


St. Paul District 12 zoning proposal meets opposition

The St. Anthony Park Community Council has tabled a proposal to change the zoning code in north St. Anthony Park to allow additional dwelling units to be built on single-family lots. The council is considering creating an ad hoc committee or task force to study housing density in District 12 and hear neighbors’ views about the zoning proposal.


St. Anthony Park Area Seniors wants to know what seniors want

St. Anthony Park Area Seniors is launching a study with a Wilder Foundation research team to find out what prospective clients may want from the organization.


Affordable housing spatial inequality: A conversation with Myron Orfield

The podcast this week is a conversation with Myron Orfield, the director of the institute on Metropolitan Opportunity at the University of Minnesota. Orfield has also written many books on public policy and regional governance, and has spent years studying how municipal fragmentation has led to persistent inequality, particularly in the Twin Cities. Orfield made headlines a few months ago after publishing a study that called for the Metropolitan Council to build more affordable housing in the Twin Cities’ suburbs. We sat down in his office on the West Bank of the U of M campus a few weeks back to talk about his recent report, the problem with the affordable housing industrial complex, and why the Twin Cities are more segregated now than they were in the 1960s.


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.

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