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John Reinan

Minneapolis, MN
Commenter for
6 years 25 weeks

Recent Comments

Posted on 05/14/14 at 09:36 am in response to Marion Greene wins Hennepin County Board seat; sworn in May 21 or after

I supported Marion Greene and was pleased that she won, of course. But it's not blind partisanship that makes me say: Aspiring DFL commissioner candidates, don't even think of taking another run at this seat in August!!! We don't need another campaign season for this seat.

Posted on 04/30/14 at 09:43 pm in response to Taylor's Star Tribune purchase triggers newsroom buyouts

I get tired of that shallow cynicism so commonly expressed about newspapers in Internet comment sections.

And yet the geniuses who have presided over the halving of the newspaper industry have decided that's the way to go -- at least, some of them have.

Posted on 04/17/14 at 10:16 pm in response to Minneapolis Council committee votes to demolish historic rooming house

And we need more density if this city is to continue to thrive. Keeping an old house, simply because it's old, is not the way to promote growth.

Now there will be more people patronizing stores in that urban neighborhood, more people and eyeballs on the sidewalks, more people riding the bus.

The preservationists are being short-sighted in this case.

Posted on 04/18/14 at 10:02 am in response to Minneapolis Council committee votes to demolish historic rooming house

But when they have been carved up into rooming houses and gutted of their essential period character, then I think it's time to let go of them.

Posted on 04/07/14 at 11:17 am in response to How Justice Roberts’ campaign-finance ruling ignores the real world

And Meffert's comment about the narrow background of modern justices has been overlooked by the national media covering this. It's an important point. Look at just a few justices from the last century. Many of them are no longer well-known names, but they had active political careers before joining the court.

Charles Evans Hughes: governor of New York, presidential candidate
Fred Vinson: U.S. congressman from Kentucky and Treasury secretary
Earl Warren: governor of...

I've walked by it hundreds of times. And it's a perfect illustration of why limiting teardowns was misguided. That home in the picture has been vacant for at least five years. In the summer, the lawn grows knee-high. It was built on soggy ground and the foundation is tilted at least 10 degrees. There is no way in hell anyone in their right mind would buy that house except to tear it down. And if it's torn down and a new home is built, the neighborhood will be much better off.


I think this line in the story is unfortunate:

"where cottage-sized homes have been replaced with larger, suburban-type houses."

Larger, yes. Suburban-type? I dispute that. People in Linden Hills use that term in a derogatory way. Your use of it strikes me as biased toward the NIMBY groups.

I live in the neighborhood and have seen these homes go up over the last 10 years. Many of them are designed to look and feel like the large, two-story homes with porches that were...

I live in Linden Hills. My position has always been simple: If people with money want to live in the city of Minneapolis and pay city taxes, we should encourage them.

Most of the problems described here could be solved by better enforcement of existing regulations. Some of them need better ;ong-term action, but the moratorium is overreach.

And as far as the complaints of dumpsters, dust, noise -- please. These are temporary annoyances. You can't build without them. Be happy...

Posted on 03/26/14 at 10:12 am in response to It's time to rein in predatory contracting of government services

You can find all kinds of stuff online about this. Here's just one excerpt:

"The price of parking—and the intensity of enforcement—skyrocketed. The terms were negotiated in secret. City Council members got two days to study the billion-dollar, seventy-five-year contract before signing off on it. An early estimate from the Chicago inspector general was that the city had sold off its property for about half of what it was worth. Then an alderman said it was worth about four times what...