OPINION | Are they giving away our parks?

It was just a few years ago that the Minneapolis Library Board gave away our library system to Hennepin County because they could no longer afford to pay for it. It was the first step in transforming a world-class reference library into a pop stand for pulp fiction. Now it seems we’re headed down the same slippery slope with one of the best park systems in the country.We lost the libraries because the library board couldn’t figure out how to pay their bills. They built a massive new main library downtown at the same time Governor Pawlenty was intent on stripping cities of local government aid. They had developed an edifice complex, where a building became more important than their original mission.The park board is having similar problems. People keep giving the park board things, and then the park board has to take care of them.Rajahs in India used to bankrupt a neighboring prince by giving him a white elephant. Continue Reading

Cleanup at Scherer Bros.

Planners have big ideas for riverfront land in Northeast Minneapolis, especially the land north of the Plymouth Avenue Bridge, where Scherer Brothers Lumber used to operate; including a park on the

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FREE SPEECH ZONE | Neighbors seeking support for potential off-leash dog area at Martin Luther King Park

A group of Kingfield resident leaders is organizing support for a potential off-leash area in MLK Park. This part of the city has the highest density of licensed dogs, but no off-leash areas. An off-leash area would be good for dogs and people, create an alternative to unlawful off-leash use of the park, build community among neighbors, and add to the positive activities taking place in our neighborhood park.If you think a dogpark is a good idea we need to know who you are so we can get in touch with you about future events and plans.Please visit http://kingfield.org/dog-park, fill out the attached contact form and, if you can’t wait for our next event, also email info@kingfield.org or call 612-823-5980 to find out our plans!Free Speech ZoneThe Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases.Ways you can help right now:* Become a Friend on Facebook here!* We are collecting photos of dogs with their human families…send one jpeg per family to dogpark@kingfield.org. We believe the diversity of our community and those that own dog (in race, age, marital staus, etc) will be a strength for this park. Continue Reading