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Brian Hutchins

Minneapolis, MN
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I see that you used to work in PR for Hazelden. Well, there you go.

My first comment didn't publish. The author clearly favors AA, and other 12 step programs (like Hazelden) as a treatment option. See her earlier work on MinnPost. The trouble with that is AA has a very very low success rate, but because it is accepted without qualifications, too often people who do not succeed are not offered any other way of coping with addiction. Instead they are seen as having failed AA, as opposed to the treatment having failed them. The author spends a lot of time...

Posted on 04/02/14 at 10:34 am in response to Urban development: mixed use, mixed results?

Exactly.

Posted on 03/17/14 at 09:58 am in response to Teardown battle in Minneapolis: A city at war with itself

Mr. Berg addresses why building bigger (more up to date) houses is a good in itself, even without adding extra houses. "But the added value of those 280 new homes exceeds the taxable value of the entire Southdale shopping mall, according to Edina City Manager Scott Neal." Home buyers that would otherwise go to the suburbs will remain in the city and add to the tax base because their new house is bigger. Still, you make a good point, about needing more housing and I think encouraging...

They have moved the protest to the Chancery across the street. There is a wedding at the Cathedral.

Posted on 11/17/12 at 08:58 am in response to Bikes mean better business

I am all for continued growth of safe and convenient biking here. It does make Minneapolis a finer place to live. This is a good summary of what is going on around the country and why. The bothersome thing is that from the introduction it appears that the Mayor of Minneapolis is performing selective recruitment duties for some firms. Is that so? That would be wrong.

with your comparison of public-access athletic facilities and private sports stadiums. Stadiums really fall in the "bread and circuses" category of public goods. Television supplanted the circus needs long ago. Regarding the Olympics, I could not agree more.

Posted on 11/28/11 at 03:35 pm in response to Saying goodbye

Thanks for all the great work here at MinnPost.

Posted on 10/26/11 at 08:04 pm in response to Missing records -- where have millions in Legacy $ gone?

It is about time we started fining people who do not shovel. Having lived in two other cities with long, snowy winters I have to say that Minneapolis is the worst when it comes to snow removal. It seems to be part of the culture here. To make sure winter is as unpleasant as possible. How about making the sidewalks, and streets, passable so that we can get out and enjoy the season. Winter really can be great if you can get around in it.

Posted on 09/19/11 at 08:17 pm in response to Union Depot project: Another development flop in St. Paul?

@david greene "though Seattle is much more transit-friendly than we currently are" That is really not accurate. I lived in Seattle for a dozen years up through the mid 2000s and while it may be true that the conversation around transit is better received, the wheels on the ground are what matters. The Twin Cities has a better organized, better funded transit system. There are a lot of great things about Seattle, but I would not be bragging on their transit system.

As regards...