Today in the Daily Planet, 11/16/07



“Old stones, new steps”:
by Jay Gabler, Special to the TC Daily Planet
As children arrived in small groups at the back door of a majestic temple-like building on St. Paul’s Victoria Street, there were some subtle indications that this was an unusually creative crowd. One youngster sported a crisp fedora, and another walked in laughing about the fact that she’d unwittingly coupled her school letter jacket with a pair of fuzzy slippers.

“Minneapolis school district poised to make dramatic shift in strategy”:
by Staff, The Bridge
On a night when many Minnesotans were voting on referenda to fund their respective schools districts, directors on the Minneapolis Board of Education (School Board) were considering a set of recommendations that, if adopted, would constitute a major reform of how the city’s public schools work.

“Blame it on the skyways”:
by Michelle Bruch, Downtown Journal
Downtown Council consultant recommends focusing retail on streets


Food and restaurants
by Jeremy Iggers, Breaking Bread/The Rake
What would happen if somebody smart decided to reinvent the neighborhood tavern? If they were really smart, they might come up with something like Buster’s on 28th Ave, at 4204 28th Ave. S., in south Minneapolis. Outside of northeast Minneapolis and Saint Paul’s West Side, the old neighborhood bars have largely disappeared, replaced by coffee houses and wine bars. And those few that remain tend to look like the forlorn relics of a bygone era, serving up frozen pizza and watery beer to a clientele that has, like the taverns themselves, seen happier days.

“Holy Land deli and grocer”:
by Nick and Natasha Laul, MSP Food Critics blog
Holy Land is located in a stretch of Central Ave where you can find a great selection of India, Pakistani, Middle Eastern and Latin restaurants.

“Irish Poodle gets the blues”:
by Jeremy Stratton, The Bridge
McMahon’s Irish Pub remakes longtime East Lake watering hole


“Is Rachel Paulose being hounded from office by people who are soft on prostitution?”:
by Eric Black, Minnesota Monitor
A University of Rhode Island professor ‘suspects’ that there is a campaign under way by unnamed Justice Department officials to hound U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose from office to punish her for her ‘aggressive commitment’ to prosecute human trafficking cases.


“Social realism and art in Minneapolis”:
by Eleanor Arnason, Facts & Fictions