Opposition to overreach of Minneapolis 2040 spreads

The more residents in many parts of Minneapolis learned about the massive upzoning throughout the entire city contained in the new comprehensive plan, the stronger their pushback became. The group Minneapolis for Everyone led the way in mobilizing opposition to the plan’s overreach. City planners, deluged with 10,000 written comments, hired a public relations firm to help deal with the fallout. Here is the story.

On September 18 Lisa McDonald, former City Council member and one of the founders of Minneapolis for Everyone, held a press conference to highlight parts of the plan that are indefensible and ill-advised and to call for a restart to the entire process. Here are McDonald’s press conference remarks.

 

Kenilworth Corridor’s ‘remnant lands’: Keep Public Lands Public!

We stared in disbelief at the Minneapolis 2040 Built Form map, meant to direct development throughout the city: it called for a Corridor 4 district, meaning four-story apartment buildings, on the county-owned land along the east side of the Kenilworth Corridor. Unintentional error? Or a trial balloon from planners intent on densifying the entire city? Either way, Hill and Lake residents pushed back — hard. This is the story.

International Cello Institute recital series: Summer 2018

The International Cello Institute, now in its ninth year, brings cello students to the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield for three weeks of intensive instruction with nationally-renowned cellists, mentoring, and relationship-building. In the summer 2017, ICI co-directors Anna Clift and Laura Sewell started CELLOici — three recitals bringing three of ICI’s instructors to up to Minneapolis for our summertime listening pleasure.

Mark Kasower, with pianist Jae-Won Oh, performed on July 17. Astrid Schween, with pianist Mary Jo Gothmann, performed on July 21.  Here is the story.

Young cello phemon Brannon Cho, with pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion, performed on July 31. Here is the story.

SWLRT costs soar past $2 billion

In a classic example of the sunk-cost fallacy, Hennepin County commissioners voted on May 31 to give the mammoth Southwest LRT another $204 million. “Given how much we’ve already spent, we can’t stop now” seemed to be the overriding sentiment. Concerns of Calhoun Isles condo tower residents remain in limbo. Here is the story.

Residents listen, learn, and speak out about Minneapolis 2040

Hill and Lake residents packed St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on June 6 with the changes proposed in Minneapolis 2040, the proposed revision of the city’s comprehensive plan, very much on their minds. Although feelings often ran high, the tenor of the meeting was respectful and focused, thanks in large part to the firm and skillful moderating of Shawn Smith, Kenwood Neighborhood Organization board chair. After the meeting I asked several folks in attendance for their opinions. Here is the story.

Meet your neighbor: Shawn Smith

Craig Wilson has been profiling interesting people in the Hill and Lake neighborhoods since September 2008. In the June 2018 “Meet Your Neighbor” column, Craig and I interviewed Shawn Smith, Kenwood Neighborhood Organization board chair and resolute moderator of the Minneapolis 2040 information session on June 6. This is the story.