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Charlie Quimby

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Golden Valley, MN
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I wrote about this subject back in 2011 when lobbyists were claiming a tax windfall would result from Sunday sales in Minnesota. My piece links to other posts as well as to sources, something this story neglects.

As someone who's seen the benefits of arts and neighborhood economic development efforts, I'm all for singing their praises.

But isn't it a bit concerning that the people quoted and the examples cited represent the organizations themselves, non-profits or other subsidized efforts? Where are the businesses and entrepreneurs who are going to follow? What's the evidence this is working?

Cookie Cart hardly counts as an example of transformation. It's a non-profit, largely youth...

"There’s a lot of attractive 19th century infrastructure intact, despite what appears to be a very low rate of occupancy. "

All across Minnesota, the buildings are saved but essentially abandoned or under used.

Compare, for example, the Todd County Courthouse in Long Prairie versus the City Hall.


Posted on 07/08/14 at 01:25 pm in response to For a speedy light rail trip, get off before downtown Minneapolis

But button didn't seem to work.

Ed shows the flaws of these so-called comparisons made by people who don't actually use transit or other alternative methods to getting around by car.

Other factors to consider are changing housing mix and density.

I lived in three different buildings in the Loring Park neighborhood in the early 1970s when gentrification was just beginning there. All three are still standing, as are the neighboring buildings of the same vintage, and they appear to have escaped major gentrification. While rents have certainly gone up, not all properties were affected in the same way or rose at the same rate. The biggest change was the influx of new...

This is a logical (and repellant) extension of the movement to run government more like a business and to make sure my tax dollars do not possibly benefit "the undeserving."

Posted on 02/10/14 at 11:25 am in response to Anne Ursu on 'The Real Boy' and writing for kids

I have a fond memory of running into Anne in Barnes & Noble downtown right when “Spilling Clarence” came out. She was adjusting the display in the front of the store and seemed a little surprised that anyone recognized her.

The roots of her success today were clear even then. Kids are lucky to have a writer with such literary talents writing for them.

Posted on 01/15/14 at 12:19 pm in response to Minnesotans' Sunday booze run: Hudson stores stand ready

I've weighed in on the Sunday discussion in various ways before, which I won't recap here. Instead, I want to thank Andy for observing and asking the question that illuminates the cross-border sales debate.

He goes beyond personal anecdote and supposition to ask the retailers how much of their business comes on Sunday from Minnesotans. But it raises another question.

I wonder if someone can figure out whether having Sunday hours actually helps Wisconsinites remember to buy...

Posted on 01/12/14 at 08:53 am in response to Seeing 1960s-70s Minneapolis through Mike Evangelist's eyes

and they bring that era back when I was a downtown pedestrian and Loring Park resident.

It's interesting that Andy felt moved the describe the colors in a color photo but left unremarked upon the utter lack of anyone but whites in the urban diversity he praises. That change has been as great perhaps as the office towers replacing card shops.

Posted on 01/08/14 at 11:42 am in response to Conservative writer Luke Hellier joins Public Affairs Co. firm

Luke has certainly broadened since his days as Michael Brodkorb's replacement at Minnesota Democrats Exposed.

He should take a lesson from one of his new colleagues and scrub that undistinguished credit along these lines:

"Heidi then returned to Minnesota to work on the Senate campaign of Mark Kennedy and most recently worked for the first Republican woman from Minnesota to be elected to Congress."