Minnesota’s municipalities are required to update their comprehensive plans every ten years. Minneapolis officials decided this time to pursue an ambitious overhaul that would affect every resident and every corner of the city. What came to the fore as people dug further into the details was the intention to upzone the entire city, unprecedented anywhere in the U.S., and to massively increase density. Hill and Lake residents found themselves pilloried as reactionary defenders of privilege, and the battle was on. Here is the story.
Category Archives: Cedar-Isles-Dean
The SWLRT experience: urban or bucolic?
It seems so obvious: mass transit should run where masses of people live and work, not in the wooded, park-like Kenilworth Corridor where wildlife outnumbers people. What’s more, the costliest infrastructure project in Minnesota history spurns the city’s development and density goals for the two Kenilworth Corridor stations. Here is the story.
Minneapolis has 87 neighborhoods, all of them unique in their own way. It’s quite possible — likely, in fact — that Cedar-Isles-Dean is the most unique of them all. Here is the story.
Parks historian David Smith comes to Cedar-Isles-Dean
When it comes to the history of the Minneapolis park system, Dave Smith has (quite literally) written the book. He knows the highs, the lows, and everything in between, and on February 25, 2018, he came to Cedar-Isles-Dean to talk about “Linking Shrinking Lakes, a Deadly Railroad Crossing, and the Northwest Passage: CIDNA’s Rich Park History.” Here is the story.
Alcott School history discovered
Yes, there used to be a school at West 29th Street and St. Louis Avenue. Here is the story.