How I would save the DEED house (2019 Aldrich Ave N)

First things first, I wouldn't actually save this house. Although I certainly would support anyone who might step up, there are other homes in need of my attention and this one doesn't have enough going for it to be worth taking away from other preservation efforts. What follows is more of an exercise in fleshing out ways that such properties could be saved in the future.

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The little shelter program that could

Our shelter program, Families Moving Forward, is kind of like “the little engine that could.”

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Conservation districts are (still) a bad idea

Minneapolis Conservation Districts are back in the news, and they look to have some broader support as the ordinance goes to a full city council next week. We’ve covered the topic at streets.mn before, with a dissenting take, some reasons to support them, and a fun podcast for those who hate reading. Even burgeoning news source The Wedge Times-Picayune picked up my annoying Twitter rant yesterday (side note: I’m still awaiting my signing bonus as an official correspondent).

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Residents weigh in on 2225 East Lake development

Almost 150 people turned out April 3 to hear about proposed plans by Hennepin County to purchase and redevelop 2225 East Lake, the 6.5 acre property between the Lake Street light rail station and the YWCA. Since that time, the County has convened 2 working groups of government staff, development practitioners, and local residents to work through issues related to Sustainable development and Bike/Walk/Traffic connections within the development. Each of these groups has met once, and CNO gathered feedback from residents who participated, including Corcoran residents Jane St. Clair, Tami Traeger, John Paul, Benjamin Tsai, Billy Weber, Gerry Tyrrell, Heidi Traore, Jim Walsh, and Peggy Knapp.

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Sudden closing of Community Action of Minneapolis shifts energy assistance responsibility

Minneapolis residents who received energy assistance from the nonprofit Community Action of Minneapolis were told this week that they will now be receiving their services through Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin.

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Women's Advocates, nation's first women's shelter, marks 40 years in St. Paul

There are more than 1,500 battered women's shelters in the United States today. Forty years ago, there were none - until Women's Advocates opened its doors in St. Paul. Since then, the shelter has served over 38,000 women and children, housing 50 at a time - typically, about 30 kids (ranging from a few days old to late teens) and 20 women - and it receives about 16,000 crisis calls per year.

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Though it feels weak, asking for help is strong

The numbers vary from state to state but the crisis is the same: more children experience homelessness now than in previous years. Minnesota saw a nine percent increase in homeless children with their parents between 2009 and 2012, when the most recent Wilder Research survey was conducted.

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CURA housing forum

Reyna Flores, 18 year Corcoran resident, and CNO Lead Organizer Ross Joy were invited to present at a Housing Forum on August 4th at the University of Minnesota, hosted by the Center for Urban & Regional Affairs (CURA). CNO has been collaborating with City of Minneapolis Department of Regulatory Services through open data policies to address housing issues affecting apartment buildings in neighborhood.

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Parking lot views can build better cities

For most Minnesotans, a trip to the mall means getting in the car, driving through traffic, and navigating a crowded parking lot before even stepping into a store. But for residents who are moving into the new luxury apartments at One Southdale Place, a mall is just a short walk across the parking lot. These structures promote high-density, pedestrian friendly cities that strengthen community development.

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Delivering dollars: 2014 homeowner property tax report

In 2014, Minnesota homeowners will experience the largest property tax reduction in twelve years and will begin to benefit from the most significant reform of homestead taxation in at least three decades. The final property tax after refunds paid by the typical homeowner with a median income residing in a median value home will decline by over ten percent from 2013 to 2014 in the majority of Minnesota communities.

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