An unfinished project on the North Side
Twenty years after Legal Aid filed a landmark lawsuit to reshape four aging North Side housing projects, the landscape has changed substantially. But a significant portion of the promised redevelopment remains unfulfilled, and there’s no timetable for completing it. Nor has anyone studied how the low-income people who were supposed to benefit made out once they were resettled.
via StarTribune, click pic for story.
New face to grace Nicollet Mall
Plans for an expanded Xcel Energy Inc. headquarters campus in downtown Minneapolis may help a long-standing effort to revitalize a blighted expanse of north Nicollet Mall that stretches to the Mississippi River.
Minnetonka-based Opus Development Corp. released plans Tuesday to build a nine-story office building on the southeast corner of Nicollet Mall and 4th Street. Office space in the new building would be leased to Xcel Energy for roughly half of its 1,500 employees downtown, with the remaining workforce located in the energy company’s headquarters across the street.
Construction is slated to begin in 2014, pending needed approvals, with occupancy expected in 2016.
The company that owns Combos, those little cheese filled cracker/pretzel snacks came out with a list of the fifty “Manliest” cities in America. Here is a list of the top ten cities.
1.Oklahoma City, OK (▲ 2 spots)
2.Columbia, SC (▲3 spots)
3.Memphis, TN (▲ 1 spot)
4.Nashville, TN (▼ 3 spots)
5.Birmingham, AL (▲ 2 spots)
6.Houston, TX (▲ 3 spots)
7.St. Louis, MO (▲ 3 spots)
8.Toledo, OH (▲ 4 spots)
9.Cleveland, OH (▼ 3 spots)
10.Charlotte, NC (▼ 8 spots)
Apparently the criteria for being a “Manly” city, included the amount of professional sports teams, popularity of power tools, number of steak houses, and frequency of monster truck rallies. Cities also lose ranking points for emasculating characteristics like the abundance of home furnishing stores, high minivan sales, nail salons or shopping boutiques, and subscription rates to beauty magazines.
Where did Minneapolis come in on this list? Way down at number forty.
40. Minneapolis, MN (▼ 4 spots)
So, because we don’t go to a lot of monster truck rallies, and have a high number of shopping boutiques, Minneapolis isn’t considered a “Manly” city?
I’m more than ok with this ranking then.
Lowry Avenue Bridge from northeast Minneapolis by Michael Gacek
It’s getting there!
‘Ex-town’ Jonathan still has distinct touches of its futuristic beginnings
Jonathan is vaguely futuristic, because the history of Jonathan is utterly unlike that of any other place in the state. Utopian futurism is Jonathan’s heritage, and it’s a heritage that’s easy to spot once you park your car, get out and have a walk around.
By Andy Sturdevant of MinnPost
Wrapped up in the rain. by aur2899