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mark wallek

minneapolis, MN
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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 09:43 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 11:43 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...

Posted on 08/15/14 at 09:23 am in response to In first budget, Mayor Hodges proposes tax levy increase for Minneapolis

Perhaps the mayor can, with uber sensitivity to how income affects personal image and well being, arrange for a property tax increase for those whose incomes actually have grown over the past decade. And get that expensive lightrail northeast up and running, because electric busses are just not as cute and to financially palatable.

We all know that scrutiny could endanger profits, not to mention the conquering of new domains. As long as the important people can still afford bottled water, it's all good.

Posted on 08/14/14 at 08:48 am in response to McFadden says he could support gas tax increase, then quickly reverses

This is all we get anymore as far as candidates go, and McFadden absolutely reeks of it. When will "service" actually be part of the political life again? Likely never given the corporate control of candidate vetting that assures us that any normal human citizen will not be running for office.

Posted on 07/31/14 at 08:29 am in response to Ventura verdict sends message to writers: Be careful

The message is not "be careful." The message is "stick to being truthful." Being careful is how were being taught to live these days, and look how well the nation has got on. Being toady has it's price.

Any more evidence of a failing nation needed?

Posted on 07/30/14 at 09:45 am in response to Seeking flexibility amid the invisible hand of street design standards

Minneapolis should not be proud of the shoe-horned in bike lanes, their tendency to disappear, and the fact that the majority of bikers remain immature on the road this long after the lanes were put in. Almost every evening in the Como area by campus one can witness this lack of maturity. And when was it legal to ride with no illumination at night? The former mayor what's his name did the city a disservice rushing this system into place and telling police not to ticket bikers. There should...