Too many Minnesotans find affordable housing is "out of reach"

Minnesota’s new minimum wage will increase the incomes of 325,000 Minnesotans, but there’s still more to do for all Minnesota workers to achieve economic security. A recent report finds that minimum wage workers in Minnesota and throughout the country don’t earn enough to afford market rate rental housing.

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Race, class, opportunity, and deeper learning

What happens when two sets of education advocates with valid perspectives collide?

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A crash lesson in crash causes

A friend of mine recently had a bike-riding experience worthy of story-telling, and agreed to share it here. Della Kurzer-Zlotnick, the author, will be moving to Oberlin for college this fall.

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Hamline adjunct faculty members vote to join union

In the first union-organizing election among faculty members at a private college in Minnesota, adjunct instructors at Hamline University in St. Paul voted to join Local 284 of the Service Employees International Union.

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OPINION | Affordable housing shortage among disastrous assaults on the poor

The financial crisis of 2007-2008 spawned in many of us a righteous outrage that took aim at a worldwide financial establishment that in the eyes of many had completely run amok. At the time, a number of experts cited new and expanded banking practices, many related to the home mortgage industry, that had a decidedly detrimental effect on both the American and larger global economies.

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Transit sketching

I have been thinking a lot recently about transit sketching and how the new Green Line LRT will change my transit sketching habits. I like sketching people, but finding people to sketch in the Twin Cities is often a problem. Streets can be devoid of life as if a neutron bomb went off. There are people on the street, but hidden from view in vehicles. If you want to sketch people in the Twin Cities, I suggest taking your sketchbook on a bus.

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Minnesota's economic growth beats national average while Wisconsin lags

Minnesota’s economic growth has outperformed the majority of other states, according to a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The new report finds that Minnesota’s GDP grew by 2.8 percent in 2013, well above the national figure of 1.8 percent.

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Bike lane ex machina

A few weeks ago I was biking on 24th st. near Bloomington when out of a passing car a voice yelled, “There’s a sidewalk right over there!”

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Did you know you were a public hotspot hub for Comcast?

Here’s an ideological question – would you forgo personal privacy and security for the common good? If you could open up your home wireless router to others would you? I have certainly heard of people finding a way to share access with their neighbors since I’ve been in involved with ISPs. I remember in 1995, customers of MRNet found ways to connect their network through a dialup connection. (Can you imagine sharing a dialup connection now!) But the decision was always on the customer to share. Comcast has turned that around a little; according to CNN

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Lowry open house yields ideas on lane reductions

Community members lined up to view proposals for improvements to Lowry Avenue. Attendees were encouraged to write all over the poster boards with their criticisms and ideas on sticky notes. (Photos by Alex Schlee)

Piece by piece, Lowry Avenue is changing. The highly-used corridor that spans Minneapolis has undergone transformation after transformation, yet Northeast from Marshall Street to Stinson Boulevard has not been touched. First, the section running through North Minneapolis underwent a massive overhaul, and then the bridge followed, replaced by the archway seen today. Originally, the renovations in North were intended to extend into Northeast, but construction on the bridge halted the project. Starting in January of this year, attention turned to one of Northeast’s busiest roads.

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