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mark wallek

minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 01/08/15 at 10:50 am in response to Pressure on Minneapolis Park Board mounts over Southwest light rail

The Park Board is going to do whatever it wants to do, or not, because the royal board has it's royal mandate to look good, pay the commissioners well, cultivate weeds in parks, and keep the palace looking nice. Replacing the heavy immovable concrete trash receptacles in Jordan park means the plastic dumpsters get commandeered for private trash service. Good move there.

Posted on 12/20/14 at 11:12 am in response to Student-housing changes in the Twin Cities mirror trends elsewhere

With parents assuming the lions share of responsibility for tuition who needs non luxury living. I'm sure you won't find that rare student, the one working/paying their own way, living on the high end. This is for profit spending, and has nothing at all to do with education, like the business of sport on campus.

It would be great if the city took the Kingdom of Parks back under it's purview.

Finally it is clear what the aging are to the nation: asset sumps to be drained prior to death.

Posted on 11/18/14 at 09:36 am in response to Park board to hire firm to re-examine tunnel option for Southwest LRT

Whoever thought that giving the Kingdom of Parks independence would lead to better operations and a clearer vision must have left their brains in the toilet. After an august beginning-spending millions on a "redo" of their headquarters they have done a good job keeping the parks in the south part of the city looking like parks. The weed fields up north here-always mowed just after the dandelion seeding-are not so dandy. The headquarters, and the offices there do look good however, so money...

Posted on 11/06/14 at 10:36 am in response to City secrets: For walkers and cyclists, shortcuts are indispensable

Indispensable to those other than cyclists and walkers on the road-the drivers-are cyclists who actually obey the rules of the road: signal intentions, ride single file, have illumination at night. This is needed especially around the university, where I've been sworn at a number of times for successfully avoiding an idiot on a bike. Time for the legislature to force a maturation process on urban biking. Cyclists should be ticketed for no illumination at night, as a driver would be. Cyclists...

I have heard many many times that the Mall of America is a major center in this industry. Years ago, on Hennepin Ave. there was a business called "Rifle Sport," an arcade upstairs above Shinders. This was the old nexus point for the "slave trade." Now apparently it's the Mall of America. One wonders why so little progress has been made combatting this over the years. I've always assumed it had something to do with who exactly is involved, and the positions they occupy in society.

Posted on 08/28/14 at 08:43 am in response to How yards and gardens express culture, identity and neighborliness

Here on the Northside, and generally just about anywhere, you can identify a rental property by the depressed state of the yard. And as an aid to these depressing yards, the Kingdom of Parks will assist by not cutting the weeds that pass for grass in many northside parks until after they go to seed. So yes, a yard says a lot about a property and a neighborhood.

Posted on 08/23/14 at 10:43 am in response to SMG chosen to run Vikings stadium

This stadium is a complete waste, and the taxpayer has been shafted. Thanks you gutless pols for the ridiculous burden we do not need.

If you pay attention to the trends, it's clear that the paranoia pump has been working full time since 9/11. The nations' population is being reshaped into something more toady, more compliant. These little rough patches should not be confused with the racial and anti war movements of the 60's. Ferguson is, from this perspective, a brush fire. Nothing like Watts in the bigger picture, though just as hellish for those living in the chaos. Manageable from the perspective of the powers that be...