Tuesday, December 12, 2017

My response to Rebecca Gagnon's campaign statement about my post

Planning Commissioner, and candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives, Rebecca Gagnon has released a statement in response to the post I published yesterday morning. She makes a couple of interesting points. My response is below.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Lame Duck City Council Faction Pushes Billboard Deregulation Ahead of Super Bowl

Clear Channel touts their existing billboard stock in downtown Minneapolis.

Back in September, the City Planning Commission (CPC) unanimously rejected (6-0) the idea of more and larger billboards in downtown Minneapolis.

"I still fail to see the public benefit of adding billboards in the downtown" said Commissioner Alissa Luepke Pier.

Commissioner Matt Brown expressed concerns about billboard blight in a part of downtown that's rapidly changing for the better: "If we're adding a lot of really large, kind of permanently mounted billboards, that can almost be a barrier to new development in an area where all of our policies suggest we'd like to see it."

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Unaffordable by Design, and How to Change It


A duplex at 4257 Vincent Ave South was demolished recently. The land is zoned for single family, just like a lot of the Linden Hills neighborhood that surrounds it, so the duplex will be replaced with a single family home (I suspect this explains why nobody vigiled or tried to give the house a pedigree by researching a famous former resident). Many of the exclusive single-family neighborhoods that we know today, the kind dotted with small apartment buildings and grandfathered triplexes, have become that way because of some long-forgotten downzoning that made new multi-family housing illegal.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Meg Tuthill: What About Her Emails?

Misleading graphic note: emails not leaked, they were data requested.
(Read Part I)

When last we heard from Meg Tuthill on the bike lane issue, she was flanked by signs that said "Nazi Lane" while participating in a protest of the new safety features on 26th and 28th Streets. But she's more than just an outspoken opponent of bike lanes.

After being defeated in 2013, Council Member Tuthill transitioned directly from working as an elected official into an administrative position with the city's Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) department. This allowed her to keep her old City Council email address, and become Meg Tuthill: Shadow Council Member.

Wedge Bike Lane Skirmish About More Than Bike Lanes

(Part I of II)

A meeting of the Whittier Alliance neighborhood organization was overrun on Monday by a group of Wedge residents eager to voice concerns over a proposed bikeway on 24th Street.

Staff from the city's Public Works Department found it hard to even begin their presentation, as former Council Member Meg Tuthill -- notorious "Nazi Lane" protester, accompanied by about a dozen energized loyalists from the Wedge -- interrupted the introduction by snapping "first of all, who are you?"

Tuthill at left, participating in "Nazi Lane" protest.
Tuthill, who was defeated by Lisa Bender 64 percent to 30 percent in 2013, tag-teamed the meeting with another former Minneapolis elected official, Audrey Johnson. Johnson, a former school board member, is known for hurling insults ("Bendrification") at Lisa Bender while giving public testimony at the City Planning Commission.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Wedge to the MAX!


We've come to the end of a long, weird, grueling election season. I’ve had some days off. The team is newly invigorated.

We’re pleased that Tom Hoch wasted an unprecedented amount of his own money not becoming the next mayor of Minneapolis. My pumpkin, Mayor Betsy Hodges, is off to the compost bin. And the actual Betsy Hodges is probably planning a Hawaiian vacation. No more Barb, no more Blong -- a striking change in leadership for north Minneapolis. John Quincy lost his seat in Ward 11, and on the bright side, I imagine he probably never had strong feelings either way about that.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Next Step for New Minneapolis City Council: New President

Minneapolis City Council c/o 2017 with Mayor-elect Frey (in crown)
Our municipal elections are over and the biggest story nobody can see happening is the race to become president of the Minneapolis City Council in 2018. Newly elected members won't be sworn in for two months, but the behind the scenes discussions, jockeying and waffling is happening right now. Four years ago, in 2013/2014, we didn't get the full story until late January, weeks after it was officially settled.