Metro Transit promises more, better shelters; Community members remain skeptical

(Photo by Sarah Ellen Miller) Transit and Econ Development Organizer for Harrison Neighborhood Association Michael McDowell said this stop on West Broadway and Emerson gets more than 200 riders a day, but doesn't have heat. He hopes the new program will consider it for renovation.

A new goal to construct and renovate bus shelters in low-income neighborhoods has been met with skepticism rather than excitement from some community members.

Metro Transit announced through Metro Council last week that they are the recipients of a $3.2 million Ladders of Opportunity grant — part of which will be used to construct and renovate bus shelters in Minneapolis and St. Paul by the end of 2015. Officials said with more and better shelters, they hope to increase ridership, and improve safety and comfort.


At Minneapolis policing forum, questions about intervention

In an open letter to the community, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges acknowledged that some of the city's police officers have abused their power, and she promised to repair the department’s reputation as a cornerstone of her administration.


Worries linger over Postsecondary Teaching and Learning closing

(Photo by Bala Sivakumar published under Creative Commons License)

When the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning announced last week that it will shutter in two years, it left some faculty members worried about their future in the college.


Arts meets politics: Twin Cities artists share their outrage over Ferguson

(Photo courtesy of David Bayliss)

After Minneapolis poet David Bayliss witnessed the Ferguson riots on television earlier in August, he felt the need to express his outrage through his art. Now he wants to give other local artists a chance to do the same.


OPINION | Ebola: Precautionary measures needed to save families and community

The recent Ebola case of Mr. Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas, Texas raises concern and fear in the West African Community, particularly in the Liberian Community, because of the stigma that Liberians are transporting Ebola to the United States. Today it is Mr. Duncan; tomorrow could be another West African, particularly a Liberian, since the Ebola epidemic is still high in Liberia.


Court dismisses Hebrew National lawsuit

Hebrew National hot dogs devised a popular slogan, in 1965: “We answer to a higher authority.”


100 Stories, 365 Days: Immigrant stories get a hearing at Intermedia Arts

(Photos by Charles Hallman) Left: Tea Rozman-Clark (l) and Miguel Ramos; Right: Tea Rozman-Clark and Mary Voelbel at center of group of program participants

Each immigrant who comes to this country has a story to tell. The vast majority of them didn’t come to steal jobs, or rely on public assistance, but rather to provide for their families and create a better life for themselves.


Rep. Ellison, African American community leaders meet to address HIV, disparities

Community organizations and elected leaders met on Monday to discuss the growing epidemic of HIV in the African American community in Minnesota, and lack of equity in resources. Participants said they hope the meeting is a starting point for more robust action by community organization and politicians to secure resources and fight disparities.


TC Weekend | Twin Cities Black Film Fest, St Paul Art Crawl, Grand Harvest, Twin Cities Book Fest...

The October fun continues this weekend with a slew of art, book, film, and oyster fests, and an event in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Additionally, we’ve highlighted choice fall-themed events taking place in St. Paul this weekend to help you enjoy the beauty of the season, now in full bloom in the Twin Cities. See Pumpkins, caramel and more; Twin Cities fall fun for more fall happenings.


Twin Cities Black Film Festival picks up steam

(Photo courtesy of Glassrock Entertainment) Cru is one of the full-length features at this year’s festival.

Black Hollywood arrives this weekend in the Twin Cities — the 12th Annual Twin Cities Black Film Festival (TCBFF) is scheduled for October 9-12.