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Minneapolis-St. Paul ranks low on concentration of storefronts

Plus: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Minnesota; Schwan Foundation trustees sued over $600 million loss; Great Lakes tsunamis; the latest on Prince; and more.

The shops on Grand Avenue in St. Paul
MinnPost photo by Corey Anderson

Minneapolis-St. Paul doesn’t do too well in CityLab’s new “Storefront Index.” Joe Cortright explains the idea: “In an effort to begin to quantify this key aspect of neighborhood vitality, we’ve developed a new statistical indicator—the Storefront Index (click to see the full report)—that measures the number and concentration of customer-facing businesses in the nation’s large metropolitan areas. We’ve computed the Storefront Index by mapping the locations of hundreds of thousands of everyday businesses: grocery and hardware stores, beauty salons, bookstores, bars and restaurants, movie theatres and entertainment venues, and then identifying significant clusters of these businesses—places where each storefront business is no more than 100 meters from the next storefront.” Do they account for skyways?

One of us. Writing for the New York Times’ Travel section, Jason Diamond heads to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s hometown: “ Before the bootlegged gin of the Jazz Age and wasted days in Paris, before “The Great Gatsby,” lavish parties in Manhattan hotels and Long Island houses, failure in Hollywood and his death of a heart attack at 44, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a kid in the Midwest. Although you catch only glimpses and mentions of it in his stories and novels — usually as the part of the world many of his characters leave for more luxurious destinations — all you have to do is see the Cathedral Hill neighborhood of St. Paul, where he grew up, to begin to understand Fitzgerald.”

And you thought your portfolio was in bad shape … The Argus Leader’s Jonathan Ellis writes, “Five trustees of the Marvin M. Schwan Foundation who lost hundreds of millions of dollars have asked the South Dakota Supreme Court to seal documents related to a lawsuit against them. … A lawyer for Lawrence Burgdorf, Keith Boheim, Kent Raabe, Gary Stimac and Lyle Fahning made a motion to the Supreme Court to seal the documents last week after Argus Leader Media published a story about the foundation’s losses. The Supreme Court responded by pulling the documents off of its web site. … Two sons of Marvin Schwan have sued the trustees, saying they deserve more information about how the trustees lost $600 million in off-shore real estate ventures.”

First surfing on Lake Superior, now this. The Duluth News Tribune’s John Myers reports, “They may not wipe out entire cities or occur after earthquakes, but two University of Wisconsin researchers say the Great Lakes have tsunamis that can wreak havoc of their own. … The freshwater phenomena have been dubbed meteotsunamis — short for meteorological, or caused by weather — and are different from rip currents, seiches or storm surge floods.”

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A quick Prince roundup: The Star Tribune reports that the investigation into Prince’s death is focusing on his use of painkillers. Also in the Strib, David Chanen reports that the artist left no will. Finally, courtesy of the Uptake, here’s newbie legislator Rep. Peggy Flanagan singing “Purple Rain” on the floor of the Minnesota House, accompanied by Rep. Mike Freiberg on keys:

In other news…

Hopefully they do a little better than Target Field: “US Bank Stadium Has 2,500 Jobs Open at Hiring Fair This Week” [KSTP]

A sad story but a very cute dog: “Grieving military family surprised with therapy dog” [KARE]

Who’d have thought? “Access to transit helping boost home values in parts of Twin Cities” [Star Tribune]

Seems like this would be pretty obvious: “Twin Cities medical device financial officer off to prison for stealing $900K” [Star Tribune]

Anybody want to grab a pizza? [The Growler]