A few questions the planning commission should ask about TOD at Hiawatha and Lake

In early December, Hennepin County and L&H Station (“the development team”) submitted plans for the development of L&H Station at 2225 East Lake Street, at the southwest quadrant of Lake Street and Hiawatha, a six-acre site immediately adjacent to the Lake Street station of the Blue Line. Below is the ground level plan submitted. In the context of the years of planning that led up to this submittal, and posts of my own, the following are a few questions I think the Planning Commission should ask.

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Summit Hill business profile: Foxglove Market & Studio

When you walk into this local business, the impression is like being in a small European mercantile shop. Visibly welcoming, warm, cozy and eclectic. You want to grab a cup of tea, sit down and check out all that the shop has to offer.

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Planning, public input underway for new Northeast Park building

There will be a new recreation building at Northeast Park, and here’s how the public is weighing in on how it will look and how it will be used.

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Dazzling holiday lights and sights in Twin Cities (and beyond)

(Photos by Paige Elliott)

Now is the time to shine, light-seekers! Holiday sparkle is back, illuminating cold, dark winter streets with bursts of vivid color and community spirit. Below, we’ve made a list – and checked it twice – of a few choice spots to see holiday lights around the Twin Cities and beyond. Scroll down to see how you can share your photos and add light displays in your community to our list!

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Announcing the Connections Mural at Folwell School!

(Photo courtesy of Greta McLain) The Central Identity Project mural by Greta McLain, being applied tothe Richard R. Green Central ParkSchool, Minneapolis.

In partnership with Folwell School, Performing Arts Magnet, and the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization (CNO), SENA is thrilled to announce the start of a public mural project that will be installed on an exterior wall of Folwell School in the summer of 2015. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Prospect Park takes action to address winter street parking woes

(Photo by Lisa Williams published under Creative Commons License)

Unlike several other University of Minnesota neighborhoods, Prospect Park’s streets are winding, narrow and not laid out in a grid system.

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Nokomis East Neighborhood Association town hall meeting set for Dec. 11

The Nokomis East Neighborhood Association (NENA) will host a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Keewaydin School cafeteria.

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What's with the green donation bins around Dayton's Bluff?

(Photo credit: Forum staff) These green bins, soliciting donations of books and video games, look similar to bins set out by nonprofit organizations seeking donations for people in need.

You may have noticed a few new donation bins around the East Side. But you may not have looked closely at these green structures. Put out by the Greener Read Company, they ask people to put books, DVDs, video games and other items down the chute.

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Big construction projects signal renewed economic vitality in Dayton's Bluff

Heading down East 6th or 7th Street from the west, a a visitor might be surprised at the amount of new construction and wonder if the neighborhood is starting over from scratch. It's likely that with four new major construction projects, many Dayton's Bluff residents aren't quite sure what's going on either. The map [above] shows the location and identity of each of these projects.

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Noise wall looms for Mounds Boulevard neighbors

A planned noise wall in the Mounds Boulevard area is dividing residents and building owners as the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) gets ready to embark on an I-94 upgrade scheduled to begin in 2016.

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