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Bill Coleman

Mahtomedi, MN
Commenter for
5 years 27 weeks

Recent Comments

Posted on 07/01/14 at 01:04 pm in response to More Minnesota manufacturers say they're 'thriving'

Your tenuous comparison of Minnesota to Wisconsin is pretty week. The MN sample is 62 companies. Assuming the Wisconsin sample is similar, the difference between 42% and 44% is certainly within the sampling error of this survey and means that one more company in Wisconsin than MN said that they were thriving. It is hard to believe that a national consulting firm would actually release data at the state level knowing that a same size of under several hundred is pretty worthless.

Posted on 06/06/14 at 05:49 pm in response to 6 things the Twin Cities can learn from Toronto

Today, Toronto was named Intelligent Community of the Year by the Intelligent Community Forum ( based on their broadband network, knowledge workforce, innovation, digital inclusion efforts and high technology marketing.

Any discussion of broadband quickly gets murky due to complicated technology choices and business model considerations. This article touches on both. It also lumps middle mile networks like Scott County's with last mile networks that would be funded with prospective state and local dollars. Middle mile connects towns together; last mile networks reach end-users.

As to last mile considerations, this article states that 99% of Minnesotans have access to broadband speeds of at least...

I wonder if snow and cold from November 1 till April 18 have anything to do with people moving south?

If the state had the same tax rates as Florida, these financial advisors might say the same thing - lower tax rates is not enough to stop migration of some people to the south.

It would be interesting to see the data about retirees moving south - how does this trend by income and wealth? There a lot of Minnesotans living is small manufactured villages in the south. How does...

Posted on 03/18/14 at 11:00 am in response to Paul Ryan says GOP must become 'a party of proposition'

Ryan's choice of that joke is so illustrative of a mean spirited person.

1) rejecting a death bed request
2) no offer of a suggestion that the bottle be shared with others with a toast to the departed.
3) pissing on someone's casket is as disrespectful to the person and to the religious ceremony

That dude has a lot of anger!

Posted on 03/17/14 at 11:05 am in response to Teardown battle in Minneapolis: A city at war with itself

The City of Minneapolis might want to think creatively about how to redirect the marketplace to spur investment in locations where disinvestment is currently the trend. Encourage both new construction and rehabilitation in these neighborhoods through finance and tax incentives.

Spreading some of the high value construction around all residential neighborhoods rather than focused in the highest amenity neighborhoods would have positive spin-off benefits. Plus it might reduce...

Posted on 03/18/14 at 01:34 pm in response to Teardown battle in Minneapolis: A city at war with itself

Neal, It would be sad to think that the only two neighborhood options in Minneapolis are high end luxury and gunshot-ridden crime scenes. Expanding the number of areas that re-investment is occurring should be a goal of the city. As I noted above, financial incentives could be used to mitigate financial risk.

When Dayton came into office, the GOP predicted that our economy would crash under the burden of the tax increases. They were certainly wrong about that!

Now that the state's financial crisis is over, it seems that the DFL moving towards tax simplicity by aligning with federal provisions seems like a decent move.

Of course, now the GOP wants to "give all the money back" just as in the "Jessie checks" years that put the state on the financial precipice when the economy crashed...

Posted on 02/22/14 at 01:12 pm in response to Keep government notices in newspapers

Publishing in the newspaper is an expense that could easily be reduced though technology. Rather than just having to post notices online which I agree could go un-noticed, governments could be required to post them on their Facebook pages or set up email subscription services for residents to receive all notices or a subset of notices by neighborhood or topic.

Seems time to make this simple step forward.

Posted on 02/22/14 at 01:22 pm in response to Dinkytown boutique-hotel plan faces delay

Let's see... no named architect for these buildings. No famous businesses that started or occupied them. "Hippies yelling and police pepper spray" as historical designation criteria? Frey calls it a commercial corridor - Central Avenue is a corridor, a two block street is not.

Seems that this type of development is what the city leaders wanted and promised when the metro area funded light rail projects. They promised development and then, when it arrives, they don't want it....