Organizing tenants to improve apartments: Update on work by Southside United Neighborhoods

Apartment buildings in Corcoran, especially in the Lake Street corridor, are in rough shape. Tenants who request repairs and basic maintenance in their building are being ignored by bad landlords, many of whom prey on vulnerable tenants as a way of doing business. The City of Minneapolis has the authority to inspect and order repairs in response to tenants’ complaints, but too often City inspection policies and practices only serve to empower a bad landlord while leaving tenants frustrated and living in substandard housing.

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Bed bug basics from UofM Extension

What is a bed bug? Bed bugs are small insects and can be very hard to see. Adult bed bugs are flat, oval and reddish-brown in color, about the size of an apple seed. Juvenile bed bugs can be very small, and hard to see.

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"A brush with kindness" supports home maintenance

A Brush With Kindness is a neighborhood program of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity that helps homeowners restore their homes so they can live in a safe, healthy environment. The program provides home repair and restoration for low-income homeowners who need assistance.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | Minneapolis Saint Paul Home Tour highlights city living

How do people live in the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul? The annual Minneapolis Saint Paul Home Tour is one way to find out. People open their homes to visitors to show off the spaces they live in and what they might have done to improve or enhance those spaces.

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Steal this letter: How to write your legislators

We don't really want you to steal this letter - but we think it is a fine example of how to craft a message to your legislators. Read our breakdown of why it works, and if you like, click the link below to print. Thanks to Elise Jamison, a member of The House of Hope Prebysterian Church who serves on the Prior Crossing task force, for sharing it.

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More housing, not shelters

Today [May 1], Minneapolis’ two winter shelters will close for the season. This has become an annual ritual for the past few years, ever since two churches opened temporary winter shelters to offer supplemental beds for the rising homeless population. These two shelters house over 100 people a night, who will now find themselves out in the still-chilly spring without other options.

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Frank-Lyn: A wedge in the Wedge

I attended a Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association meeting about 7 weeks ago (cancel the BREAKING NEWS alert). There was one topic: a new mixed-use development for the corner of Franklin and Lyndale. I went in with a point of view, but an open mind regarding the opinions of my neighbors–of whom I generally have high regard. A project of the proposed scope and purpose, on the most unpleasant corner in the neighborhood seems, to me, the farthest thing from controversial.

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Plumbers make repairs for needy homeowners

Plumbers Local 15 members Jeff Corbett (left) Steve Friend (right) were among the 96 union plumbers who volunteered for the annual “Water’s Off” event.

Volunteer plumbers from Minneapolis/St. Cloud Plumbers Local 15 and St. Paul/Mankato Plumbers Local 34 helped 81 needy homeowners as part of the 20th annual “Water’s Off” day of community service Saturday, April 5.

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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."

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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.

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