By Jeff Skrenes - North By Northside - February 8, 2019 - There is an ostensibly noble push to create more diversity on Minneapolis neighborhood boards. Noble because the premise is sound; community organizations should at least somewhat mirror the demographics of the neighborhoods they serve. I characterize the current push as coming from a questionable place though, and that leaves me with doubts about whatever policy might come from any changes. My entire twelve-year con
A recent article in MinnPost asks whether Minneapolis City Council Members have kept their promise to work well together since the 2017 elections. https://www.minnpost.com/metro/2019/02/its-been-about-a-year-since-a-new-minneapolis-city-council-promised-to-work-well-together-did-they/ The article states, "At one of the council’s first meetings last year, for example, [Mayor] Frey said: “I have the utmost faith in this new government to work together, to collaborate for the co
VoxMN Contributor - January 27, 2019 A community planning process is supposed to be that – a process for the community to come together to build a united vision for their shared future. But we heard that instead, the Planning Department was going to hire a PR firm to sell the draft 2040 Comp Plan to the Council Members who were not on board. To do this, they were going to manipulate public opinion about the plan by hiring a PR firm. Read the entire very damaging PDF summary.