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Adam Miller

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Posted on 11/06/14 at 02:20 pm in response to City secrets: For walkers and cyclists, shortcuts are indispensable

There is history in those allies too, where nobody ever bothered to paint over old advertisements painted on the brick.

Meanwhile, my shortcuts these days involve cutting through private buildings instead. The diagonal arcade on the ground floor of the Baker/Roanoke/Investors block is a personal favorite (

It is very hard to see how a tunnel would not be a much bigger risk to the channel and the lakes than the new bridges.

Posted on 07/25/14 at 01:54 pm in response to Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

I've never been a big fan of the third critique. Economic activity has benefits here regardless of where the corporate parent has its headquarters. It means jobs, tax revenue and subsequent consumption in the local economy.

And, of course, we don't do it for any other kind of business. A company like Wells Fargo conducts a lot of business in our town, but we don't exclude it from measurements of the local economy because it's not headquartered here.

For that matter there's not...

Posted on 06/25/14 at 11:00 am in response to Unless we change our partisan ways, the federal deficit is a lock

How is there an entire article about the budget deficit with no mention that its been falling for the last several years? And how does it contain the incorrect assertion that spending increases are automatic, when, in fact, federal spending has been falling for three years (slightly in nominal terms, significantly in real terms)? Falling federal spending is nearly unprecedented, and yet it's not worth mentioning.

The problem with nearly all deficit hawkery is that its based in...

The question to me is one of resources. Does the Park Board have the funds to ensure that there is enough programming in the new park to make it feel safe, welcoming and active? If not, are the private funds that can be generated from a BID or other conservancy-type structure worth the trade off of ceding some public control? I think it might be.

Posted on 05/23/14 at 09:11 am in response to 'Trickle-down transit' doesn't work; reboot Southwest LRT design

May be worse than this one.

There's a bit of incongruity between the second and third sentences of this article. Of course we get fat because we eat too much (perhaps also of the wrong things) and exercise too little.

But that's doesn't have to be a judgment, and it certainly says nothing about will power.

None of us have much will power, for biological and evolutionary reasons. Getting the balance of eating the right amount (and the right stuff) and exercise right takes knowledge, planning, preparation...

Posted on 04/18/14 at 01:13 pm in response to Minneapolis Council committee votes to demolish historic rooming house

The future renters will be no less invested in the new property than the current renters are in the current property.

Also, if you've been by the place, you wouldn't be calling it a beautiful home. Maybe it could be if someone wanted to spend a large sum of money restoring it, but it is not a beautiful home in its present state.

Posted on 04/18/14 at 01:18 pm in response to Minneapolis Council committee votes to demolish historic rooming house

Across 24th Street there's a beautifully restored mansion. Next to that one, there is another nicely redone one (not sure all of the wrought iron is historical, but it looks nice nonetheless). Across Colfax there a stately brick house. The neighborhood is going to be just fine.

Except now more people are going to get to enjoy it and an under-maintained and somewhat unattractive rooming house is going to be replaced with an attractive and hopefully well-maintained apartment building...

Posted on 04/11/14 at 09:25 am in response to A plan to stitch Minneapolis together again: Cover a stretch of I-35W

Does it matter whether the the developers come? I think it would be a positive simply to cover the freeway and reconnect the physical space on either side. If all we get is parkland out of it, that would be great.