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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How Minneapolis scores in ‘solar cities’ ranking
While not considered a “solar star” or “leader” by Environment America, Minneapolis did better than solar “beginners” like Chicago, New York, Miami, St. Louis and Detroit. Read more →
Warmer temps + lunch time = food trucks
This was not the first appearance of food trucks this year, but today looked a lot more like a typical summertime lunch hour. Read more →
Last year, I blogged about some of the hundreds of gun-related cases prosecuted in Hennepin County. I’m following county gun cases this year too, and updating The Cities each month with some noteworthy items. Here’s what I found in March: Bloomington Police say when an employee of the Sam’s Club on West American Boulevard saw Read more →
Ballpark food: not just hotdogs anymore
Apparently saturated fat is not so bad for you anymore. With that in mind, I sampled some fried, barbecued and grilled ballpark fare this morning at Target Field. After all, it is part of my job. The Twins invited the media and dozens of season ticket holders to the increasingly well-attended annual event. The tour Read more →
OMG Transit: Let a ‘decision engine’ get you to work
The Minneapolis-based hackers at OMG Transit rebooted their web service last night and are getting tantalizingly close to putting a transportation system in the palm of your hand — or at least on your smart phone. The new, rebuilt web service relies principally on data provided by MetroTransit, one of a fraction of transit agencies Read more →
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 →
Kenilworth group: Latest LRT tunnel not truly deep
No one ever said it was a deep tunnel per se, but a group of Minneapolis residents wants to make sure that much is clear to Gov. Mark Dayton. The Kenilworth Preservation Group fired off a letter yesterday to Dayton criticizing what’s been called a “deep shallow tunnel,” an 11th-hour hybrid design concept that the Read more →
Kenilworth condo owners to Minneapolis: We like the shallow tunnels
Finally in the long-running debate over Southwest light-rail, there’s something that St. Louis Park and at least some Minneapolis residents can agree on. The people who live in the narrowest pinch point of the Kenilworth Corridor are pleading with Minneapolis city officials to stop pushing for a rerouting of freight traffic. Associations representing townhouses and 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 →