Minneapolis gives ride-sharing the green light amidst public debate

(Photo by Holly Peterson) Lyft driver Ben Leadholm, who's worked for the ride-sharing company for four months, demonstrates how to find other Lyft cars on Monday in Minneapolis. City Council voted to legalize Lyft and other transportation network companies Friday.

Minneapolitans can officially add ride-sharing companies to their ever-growing list of transportation options after the City Council passed an ordinance last week permitting the legal operation of businesses like Lyft and Uber.

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First TargetExpress opens doors in Dinkytown

(Photo by Holly Peterson) The new TargetExpress in Dinkytown on the corner of Fourteenth Avenue and Sixth Street is set to open on July 27.

In the University of Minnesota area’s dinkiest neighborhood, Target is set to debut its smallest store in company history.

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25 years of counting kids: Income, race and inequality

Some 25 years ago, the Annie E. Casey Foundation began an annual, in-depth report on the well-being of children in the United States. The 2014 report shows our accomplishments — and our shameful failures. The area of education shows both.

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Raise the Wage Coalition invites partners and supporters to victory party August 1

Minnesota’s minimum wage goes up Friday, August 1, the first increase since 2005 and the first step of several increases that will boost the minimum wage to $9.50 by 2016.

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OPINION | Vote labor on Tuesday, August 12 in state, local primary elections

Tuesday, August 12 may or may not be on your radar, but it should be: that’s the day for Minnesota’s primary election.

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OPINION | Equity missing from new Southwest Light Rail plans

Last week Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) was glad to see a plan moving forward to build the Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT), but deeply disappointed in the lack of equity in the plan as it currently exists.

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University of St. Thomas votes against unionizing

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After weeks of contention, the University of St. Thomas voted against unionizing adjunct faculty late yesterday afternoon.

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The one where I pick on the disabled

I was at a meeting a while back about a new parking policy in downtown Saint Paul. The city was changing its policies about handicapped parking. Until very recently, anyone with a handicapped parking placard on their dashboard was allowed to park for free all day downtown.

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Coupon parking for Minneapolis and Saint Paul

Parking is a quintessentially local issue. There is nothing more local than wanting to park close to your destination, and caring about the parking spot in front of your house. Attend any meeting about new development in the Twin Cities, and the unique “parking issues” of a particular location will be related. Yet “parking issues” in the Twin Cities today are always about too many cars chasing scarce kerbside spaces.

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Transportation network companies now licensed in Minneapolis

Last Friday morning, the Minneapolis City Council approved an ordinance legalizing and regulating transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft. The new regulatory framework includes licensing fees, insurance standards, and driver qualification requirements. The ordinance also includes measures to significantly lessen the regulatory burden of taxi companies, ensuring a fairer regulatory playing field for decidedly similar businesses.

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