Minneapolis City Council Member Cam Gordon is Growing a Beard

We’ve had a lot of time on our hands over the last month and a half. Many of us have spent more time with our electronic devices. Some people have picked up other hobbies. Instead of growing virtual fruit trees in the smash hit life-simulation video game Animal Crossing, Minneapolis City Council Member Cam Gordon has grown a beard.

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Minneapolis Has 81 Cases of Covid-19; City Budget Shortfall Projected at $100 to $200 Million

Mayor Frey announced Friday that Minneapolis has 81 confirmed cases of Covid-19. When compared to total confirmed infections in Hennepin County (235 at the time the Mayor spoke Friday morning), the city’s rate of positive test results is proportional to the city’s share of the county population.

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New Speed Limits, Signage, & Traffic Signal Timing Arriving in Minneapolis

With piles of data backing up the idea that slower is safer, Minneapolis and St. Paul are implementing lower speed limits. Both cities are setting lower speed limits using authority newly granted by the state legislature.

In Minneapolis, limits of 25 mph on arterial streets will take effect as the new signs are installed. Streets considered “residential” will have limits of 20 mph limits, but won’t get their own signage. The 20 mph limits will take effect once gateway signs for drivers entering the city are installed in the fall. County and state controlled streets will remain unchanged at 30 mph or greater.

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Robert Lilligren to swing first sledgehammer at Kmart demolition

Before voting to approve the city’s acquisition of the Nicollet Kmart site on Friday, Council President Bender affirmed her promise to former Council Member Robert Lilligren that “he would be the person cutting the ribbon.” This was meant as recognition for his past work on the project. Lilligren was first elected in 2001, and represented the area until 2013, when it was in Ward 6.

Do we do demolition ribbon cuttings?

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Minneapolis Gears Up for COVID-19

Start washing your hands, stop touching your face. Handshakes have been replaced with elbow bumps. Avoid close contact with other humans. While the young and healthy are not at great personal risk once infected, experts are recommending social distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus known as COVID-19. There’s no reason to hoard toilet paper or bottled water. I reacted to the increasingly dire news of a global pandemic by buying three boxes of macaroni (there were four left — you’re welcome, humanity).

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Equity Analysis Makes Some Neighborhood Groups Feel Like They “Suck”

Last year, in the midst of deciding what future funding of neighborhood associations would look like, the City Council commissioned an equity analysis of how these groups function. The report concludes that various funding schemes overseen by the city for the last 30 years reveal “a system of institutional racism.” And, “it’s reasonable to conclude that equity has not been realized or advanced in neighborhood organization work to date.”

The report was presented to the City Council last week by C. Terrence Anderson of the University’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). Council Member Lisa Goodman had the most colorful reaction, repeatedly telling Anderson that the results make “neighborhood folks” in her ward feel like they “suck.”

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