Didn’t Minneapolis ban foam packaging decades ago?
The proposed ban on plastic foam containers in Minneapolis restaurants may give some residents a sense of déjà vu. It should.
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Other projects roll forward — Southwest LRT doesn’t
The Metropolitan Council has long warned that delays could cost the Southwest light rail project its place in line for federal funding. Read more →
The “Terrible 20″ most dilapidated streets in St. Paul
The City of St. Paul has identified about 20 miles of streets it says are badly in need of repair. This map shows the “Terrible 20,” as Mayor Chris Coleman calls them. Are there streets that aren’t on the map that should be?
The Minneapolis Elections Department has come up with a way to speed up its next ranked-choice voting election — and it’s an idea that might be familiar to readers of The Cities. The reason it took two 12-hour days for the city to determine the winner of last year’s mayor’s race was the painstaking approach Read more →
How did that place pass Section 8?
A friend on Facebook was alarmed when saw a picture of the house Barbara Mays rents from Paul Bertelson, who’s been under scrutiny since a fire at one of the other 38 buildings he manages killed five children. “I want to know how that property you had pictured in the story was cleared for Section Read more →
When it comes to the freight trains that run along part of the proposed Southwest light rail line, Minneapolis and St. Louis Park don’t agree on much. Both cities want the light rail project to go forward, but neither one wants to be stuck with the freight traffic. The polarization has become so intense that Read more →
Dinkytown hotel development suffers setback
A Minneapolis City Council committee has dealt a setback to a proposed six-story hotel development in the Dinkytown business district. The Zoning & Planning Committee today recommended city staff study whether one of the buildings that stands on the proposed hotel site has historical significance. That could delay or even prevent its demolition. Built in Read more →
Hennepin County has given the city of Minneapolis until the end of the year to institute a residential composting program. The county wants the city to start collecting food waste and composting it, similar to the way it collects recycling. County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin said the deadline will motivate the city to move quickly. “There’s Read more →
Growing snowbanks have forced Minneapolis to restrict parking on some of its narrower streets. “The snow that fell during November and December is still here,” said Mike Kennedy, the city’s director of transportation maintenance and repair. “We can’t stack it higher. It doesn’t melt.” Public Works crews will determine which streets need the restrictions and Read more →
Megabus, known for its dirt-cheap fares to cities like Chicago, will start picking up riders at downtown St. Paul’s fancy Union Depot transit hub tomorrow. The move was supposed to happen today, but it was pushed back because of weather. Megabus joins Jefferson Lines and MetroTransit buses, which already provide service to Union Depot. Now, Read more →