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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 4/24

Build less parking; a must-read about domestic violence; casting blame for the Mediterranean migrant disaster; a brief history of Minnehaha Creek; and more.

Let us build less parking, please

from by Scott Shaffer

Every large American city has parking requirements. New York has parking minimums. Portland has parking minimums. Even Houston, which stands alone in the United States by forgoing zoning laws altogether, has parking minimums. Houstonians can build a multifamily apartment building wherever they like, but they need 1.25 spaces for every studio unit, which is higher than Minneapolis’s current requirement. Maybe Texas has a greater appetite for regulation than they let on. (Or maybe they just to ensure ample space for Texas-size vehicles.)  Even though all cities have parking requirements, there are very good reasons to relax them in Minneapolis. Let’s run down the list.

A must-read Pulitzer Prize winning report on domestic violence

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

“IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU, nobody can.”

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Then he shot her.

That story of a woman who was shot by her husband, and survived, is part of a powerful investigative report on domestic violence by the Charleston, South Carolina, The Post and Courier which Monday won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

1,600 migrants drowned: Assigning blame

from News Day by Mary Turck

At least seven hundred people, maybe 900 or more, were on the 70-foot ship that sank in the Mediterranean on Sunday. Almost all of them died. According to Vox, that brings the total number of migrants drowned in the Mediterranean this year to about 1,600. So far. In 2014, the total reached 4,868.

A brief history of Minnehaha Creek

from Squeaky Green Machine by Heidi Van Heel

Now I live a block from Minnehaha Parkway and two blocks from the creek, it’s still a huge part of my life but I never gave a thought to its history. The first it appears in documented Minnesota history is in May 1822 when two teenage boys and a few soldiers from Fort Snelling followed it from the fort to Lake Minnetonka. Colonel Snelling’s son was one of the intrepid explorers but according to the St. Louis Park Historical Society, “couldn’t take the mosquitoes and headed back.” Readers familiar with this state will be somberly nodding their heads in agreement with this statement. For those of you not familiar with Minnesota, the mosquito is often referred to as our state bird and they are not pleasant.

Mackenzie turns 10: A birthday celebration like no other

from Girl Meets Geek by Kate-Madonna Hindes

I have a rare career. I work for organizations and individuals I believe in- to further a message that I stand behind. While most call it, “Public Relations,” I call it, “giving what I believe in, a more trusted voice.” This has never been more evident than with Mackenzie and her family this weekend- it was the burst of positivity that refreshed a very busy week with a big, big, smile.

War is hell; how about waging peace?

from Thoughts Towards a Better World by Dick Bernard

A week from today, 70 years ago, April 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler took his own life in Berlin. About a week later, May 8, 1945, Germany surrendered, and the Third Reich became an object lesson of history for all of us.

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On the day Hitler died, Anneliese Solch*, then 18, was with her family at home in Bavaria, about the same distance from Berlin, as St. Paul is from Fargo.

The question becomes: what have we learned, from war, after war, after war?

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