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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 8/7

Farmers market week; improving East Lake Street; Lyft’s limited coverage area; and a must-see in New Ulm.

Programming note: Minnesota Blog Cabin is taking a week-long break starting next week. We’ll be back with the best of Minnesota blogging on Monday, August 17.

Pick a veggie, pick a winner – it’s farmers market week!

from Poking Around With Mary by Mary Treacy

If you’re the sort that plans ahead when you make your regular trek to the farmers’ market, here’s something to add to this week’s list – August 2-8 is the 16th annual Farmers Market Celebration.

Time for Some East Lake Open Streets Follow Through

from by Bill Lindeke

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Sunday’s Open Streets on East Lake Street was the biggest ever. (Or so I hear; I wasn’t there, I was off doing this.)

A while back I was interviewing an East Lake business owner for a story I was working on, and a neighborhood organizer came up to the table to chat. We ended up talking about how hard it was to keep businesses running on East Lake Street.

“We really missed the boat when they did the street reconstruction,” she told me. “We should have had a 4-3 conversion.”

A Year Later, Lyft Continues to Redline in Minneapolis

from The Deets by Ed Kohler

The StarTribune has an article today about Uber and Lyft drivers canceling a larger number of pickup requests among prospective passengers in North Minneapolis than in other parts of the city.

City business license manager Grant Wilson said city officials will pose as “secret shoppers” to test Uber and Lyft in underserved areas of the city.

Wilson made the decision after reviewing new information revealing that drivers for these ride-hailing services tend to prefer high-traffic and high-profit areas, like downtown, and are less likely to venture to north Minneapolis.

What’s particularly goofy about this is Minneapolis’ apparent willingness to allow Lyft to redline tens of thousands of North Minneapolis residents by not just reactively denying them service, but proactively doing so.

A Must-See In New Ulm: German Park

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

If you haven’t discovered this park in the heart of Minnesota’s most German community, then you need to visit this oasis just a block from New Ulm’s downtown business district. I came across German Park a few years ago and revisited it on the Fourth of July while en route to a family gathering an hour farther west along U.S. Highway 14.

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