Some school and state officials call tuition freezes a 'Band-Aid' solution

A day after University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler proposed to continue a two-year tuition freeze earlier this month, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system announced a similar extension.

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A better block indeed! PARKing Day rocks!

Last Saturday some neighbors, local business owners and I put on a Better Block event, and for one glorious day a pretty darn good commercial corner of Minneapolis (42nd Street and 28th Avenue) was made a much better place with trees, an on-street bike rack, a PARKlet, live music, a Ping-Pong table, and most of all, people enjoying themselves in our public space. There were even bubbles.

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Multi-modal transportation is multi-partisan

During an election campaign back in its Merry Prankster phase, an arm of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota bought MORE »

Transpo convo: Rashaad on Snelling

“I bike for everything,” Rashaad says, heading north on Snelling Avenue. He had just crossed I-94 on the Snelling Avenue bridge.

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Next steps for Minnesota AFL-CIO: Transportation, paid sick leave

(Workday Minnesota photo) Candace Dow of MoveMN talks with Richard Kentzelman, retired member of Bricklayers Local 1, about Minnesota's transportation needs at the MoveMN booth at the Minnesota AFL-CIO convention.

Through speeches and resolutions, the Minnesota AFL-CIO convention laid out an ambitious public policy agenda that includes comprehensive improvements to the transportation system and paid sick leave for all workers.

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Minneapolis tweaks city code to allow gender neutral restrooms

The Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed a resolution and an ordinance change on Friday allowing businesses to have gender neutral, single-use restroom facilities. The issue was raised by the Minneapolis Transgender Issues Work Group.

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Transportation politics and the rhetoric of choice

We often hear from transit advocates that expanding public transportation is good because it increases the choices available to people. Framing the issue this way reveals something about the deeper commitments of the supporters, namely that it is a good in itself simply to expand available avenues for people to assert their will. The ability to choose, regardless of the kinds of choices people make, is good. It is then often suggested that what the city or state or governing authority needs to do is incentivize certain choices above others; or it is hoped that people acting in their own rational self-interest will choose well. To increase available options is believed to be an equitable move insofar as it levels the field for choosing agents, enabling people who were previously limited with respect to transportation to increase their power.

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If I'm too tired, just think about these kids and their families

Yesterday was the single most taxing day I've experienced in the classroom since I started volunteering in the shelter preschool in early 2009.

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Unsafe and unseen—Minnesota's ghost bikers

(Photo by centralniak published under Creative Commons License)

The Twin Cities are regarded as America’s litmus for bicycling. Minneapolis has been rated the number one bicycling city, while Bicycling Times lauded “the nation’s finest network of off street bicycle trails”. Former Mayor Rybak told visitors: “Biking has become a large part of what we are.”

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Freeway roofs and wine

Following up on a couple recent posts, with the definition of “recent” being arguable in one case:

In a recent post on the two charter amendments on the ballot in Minneapolis, I spent most of the post on the increase in election filing fees because I understood that issue, but had to leave readers with just the text of the food requirements for wine licenses because it was Greek to me. Or French or Californian, I don’t know what kind of wine it was. Minnpost has an article explaining it. Essentially, the city council and the charter commission felt that the rules for restaurants that serve wine or beer don’t make any sense given changes in the restaurant industry, especially as regards craft beers. The council passed a replacement ordinance unanimously, and removed an archaic ordinance, but some rules are in the city charter and thus the need for a charter amendment. It probably seems ironic if you’re a conservative that this liberal city coucil is acting to simplify and modernize regulations to encourage business development. I’m going to vote “yes” just to watch some conservative heads explode. Feel free to drown your sorrows in a craft beer at a Minneapolis neighborhood restaurant.

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