Who needs public housing? (Warning: May shatter stereotypes)

I hope these links get you thinking about the importance of stable housing and other supportive resources in the lives of ordinary Americans. Warning: May Shatter Stereotypes.

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University of Minnesota development official set to transition to City of Minneapolis post

Craig Taylor, director of the University of Minnesota Office for Business and Community Economic Development and Business Technology Center, poses for a portrait at his office in the University Office Plaza on July 11, 2014. Taylor was nominated by Mayor Betsy Hodges to be the next director of the city’s Community Planning & Economic Development Department. (Photo by Chelsea Gortmaker)

A University of Minnesota leader could soon be moving his 15 years of community development expertise from campus to Minneapolis City Hall, a shift that he said will foster a stronger bond between the two institutions.

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Ascension Church plans for demolition of 1707 Bryant Ave North

It came to my attention this week through the Old North Minneapolis Facebook page that Ascension church wants to demolish a property they own at 1707 Bryant Avenue North.  As one can see from the photos, this house is in wonderful shape.  Even if some work is needed, I have little doubt that the place could be successfully rehabbed.  So the unanswered question is why this house should be torn down at all?

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A Minneapolis housing boom explainer

Minneapolis is hot! The Metropolitan Council recently noted that we popped back up above 400,000 residents after adding almost 9,000 people between 2012 and 2013. The area along the Midtown Greenway has been completely transformed in the past decade–eleven separate projects, ten of which are residential, have been built along its Uptown stretch since 2004. There are residential towers sprouting in Downtown Minneapolis, Loring Park, and the University of Minnesota area.

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7 symbols of home

I enjoy the work of Gretchen Rubin– the happiness guru who packages ideas about living well in tidy lists and chapters. Maybe that sounds kind of treacly, but because she is up front about her own limits, bad habits and preferences, the reader may embrace his or her own preferences, recognize limits, and challenge – and even change – bad habits that contribute to crankiness and a less joyful life.

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Actualización: Organizando en apartamentos de alquiler

El 12 de mayo, la Organización de Vecinos de Corcoran y un grupo de residentes experimentando condiciones de estándares pobres de vivienda, se reunieron con Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde, directora de Servicios regulatorios de la ciudad de Minneapolis, y el director sustituto, Kellie Jones.

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Update: Organizing in apartment housing

On May 12, Corcoran Neighborhood Organization and a group of residents experiencing sub-standard housing conditions met with Director of Regulatory Services Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde with the City of Minneapolis, and Deputy Director Kellie Jones.

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Public meeting recap: "Corcoran Triangle" building

26 community members were able to attend the June Land Use & Housing Committee meeting, which primarily including a presentation and feedback collection for developer Wellington Management’s plan to build a four story apartment building along Hiawatha Ave.

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General Mills plans for TCE cleanup, likely won't begin for at least another year

New strategies to address above-normal levels of a potentially harmful vapor in the Southeast Como neighborhood are surfacing as area residents continue to grow restless with the ever-changing problem.

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Shifts in policy signal major changes for Minneapolis housing enforcement

I'm not sure if I'm dreaming and someone needs to pinch me, or maybe I'm in the Bizarro Universe where everything is the opposite of what it seems. But I recently attended a community forum put together by 5th Ward Council Member Blong Yang around city housing and regulatory services policies, and I left with nothing critical to say.

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