FRIDAY, March 7


Greening Minnesota cars
by Brian Peterson, TC DailyPlanet
Walk onto a lot at any car dealership in Minnesota today, and the cars you see will look pretty much the same as the cars sold across the border in Wisconsin or Iowa. A bill currently in the Legislature, however, might give cars sold in Minnesota a green tinge. The bill’s sponsors call it the Clean Car Act. If passed, it would direct Minnesota to adopt the emissions standards set by the California Air Resources Board, rather than the standards set by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Framework for the future, or failure?
by Anna Pratt, The Bridge
Opinions differ on the city’s plan for sustained neighborhood funding

Transportation investment to yield major returns
by Conrad deFiebre, Minnesota 2020
Thanks to the Legislature’s override of Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s third veto of long-overdue revenue for roads, bridges and transit, it’s a brand new day for Minnesota’s vital transportation infrastructure.

Open Circuits and the Twin Cities Media Alliance
present SHORT CIRCUITS, a collection of 10-minute presentations on how people in the community are using, experimenting with, and extending technology. March 16, noon to 5 PM in the Ivy Building, 2637 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis. Cost: $10. For more information, see http://tcopencircuit.org/node/10.


Food and Restaurants

Latte love on Grand Avenue
by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
Chocolate goosebumps. Sounds like the fanciful premise for a children’s book, but I actually saw them popping up on the arms of my companion as we dug into our slice of deep chocolate cake at St. Paul’s Café Latte.

GLBTs and old-fashioned card games
by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake
About the last thing I expected to see when I walked into Pi Bar & Restaurant on a Monday night was a table and a half of middle-aged guys playing 500. That’s the old-timey card game we play with Carol’s folks down on the farm in Iowa.

Gypsy jazz, caviar, and a wailer sighting
by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake
About a dozen Rake readers and friends showed up last Wednesday – at my invitation – for dinner and a show at T’s Place. You can find better Malaysian dishes elsewhere, (like at Peninsula Malaysian Cuisine) but the Ethiopian dishes were hearty and flavorful, prices extremely reasonable, and the contemporary jazz by Ethiopian-born bass guitarist Yohannes Tona and his band was first-rate.


Grassroots organizing set the foundation for transit victory
by Russ Adams, TC Daily Planet
Much has been written in recent days about the passage of the historic transportation investment bill. A variety of leaders who helped ensure the bill’s passage have been given credit, rightly, for this achievement. But, there’s another story that needs to be told: the long struggle by nonprofit advocacy groups and ordinary citizens to advance transit to the top of the legislature’s agenda.