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MN Blog Cabin Roundup 2/19

Minneapolis as the next big food city; a history of downzoning; a critique of the House GOP’s transportation plan; and more.

Minneapolis is the next BIG food city

from TC Jewfolk by Adeev and Ezra Potash

You know all about the Exodus story in the Torah, right? The one celebrated every year over a gigantic meal? Now there’s another exodus occurring over food, but this one’s right in our own backyard. It may not be as momentous, but it does promise better eating (sorry, matzoh). The Moses of this story is a chef by the name of Gavin Kaysen, and the flight is taking place from NYC to Minneapolis.

A history of downzoning

from by John Edwards

The history of Lowry Hill East is full of stories like this. Over the last 45 years, our neighborhood political process has operated largely from the perspective, and with the priorities, of the single-family homeowner. Lowry Hill East is a place with a long tradition of apartment buildings and a population that has hovered around 75-85% renter for as far back as I can check (1940). But the politics is dominated by a consistent, uncompromising advocacy against dense, multi-family housing.

The short-sighted transportation thinking of the GOP House

from mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog by Dave Mindeman

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This is the short form of the GOP House Majority transportation plan:

The Republican-backed House plan would raise an additional $7 billion for roads and bridges over the next decade in part by redirecting motor vehicle-related tax revenue away from the state’s General Fund, identifying efficiencies in the Department of Transportation budget, and utilizing some of the state’s projected $1.2 billion budget surplus.

It is hard not to notice that there is no new revenue in there. It is also hard not to notice that it has some major flaws.

Shelter Report: ‘A safe place to land’

from Across the Great Divide by Charlie Quimby

Scott and Robin came in looking for a shower. They were too late, the mark of first-timers.

This was their first full day in town after arriving last night from Parachute, a small town of 1,100 people on I-70 about 45 miles from here. Parachute’s slogan is “A Safe Place to Land.”

Until this month, they had been employed at restaurants in Glenwood Springs, a resort town another 45 miles upriver. Glenwood is the town where I grew up. It’s beautiful, set in a narrow valley with a renowned hot springs. However, there’s a shortage of housing at any price.

If bikes were important

from Biking in Mpls by Lindsey Wallace

If we treated people on bikes like they were important, we wouldn’t close down all the bike lanes through downtown. We wouldn’t allow mail vans, UPS trucks, or construction vehicles to park in them. We wouldn’t allow snow and debris to pile up in bike lanes over the winter. We would treat bike lanes like we treat streets. Are we going to shut all streets through downtown to cars without an alternative? No, we’re not going to do that. Because then people can’t get places and they get mad. Well, what if we thought the same way about bike lanes?

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A beachhead at Tarawa: A farewell to Lynn Elling, a man of peace

from Thoughts Towards a Better World by Dick Bernard

My friend Lynn Elling died early today, Valentine’s Day, 2016.

Lynn was four days short of age 95. His daughter, Sandy, said “I think he may have planned to head up to Heaven on Valentines Day to be with his life long sweetheart, my mom, so it is quite fitting.”

Lots of words will be said and written about this businessman who spent most of his adult life as a warrior for peace. 

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