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May 22, 2017

In his letter to the Pioneer Press on Sunday (5/21), Mathews Hollinshead displayed a masterful knowledge of the history of the internal combustion engine and its impact on the world, especially St. Paul. Those who oppose the density of residential and commercial buildi...

April 13, 2017

Ford site planners are planning to maximize profit for Ford and city coffers by promising to build 3300 to 4000 luxury and market rate rental units in buildings ranging from 48 to 75 feet in height. 

Is there evidence that there will be demand for this?  Few Highland Vi...

April 9, 2017

Word on the street is that the money that the city lost in the Right of Way lawsuit is going to be recovered using tax revenues from the new Ford development! On almost exactly the same day this blog was published city planners rushed a request to the legislature to ap...

April 9, 2017

If you look at a lot of the literature of people opposing new development one thing appears pretty consistently, an aversion to high-density, high-rise buildings. Yet the Twin Cities Metropolitan Council and many urban entities have identified this very element as esse...

March 18, 2017

For those of you who love paradoxes here's a whopper: What is a property that has been identified by both the mayor and council members as a site for a "once in a century opportunity" for development while at same time being  designated by the same people as a site so...

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For those of you who love paradoxes here's a whopper: What is a property that has been identified by both the mayor and council members as a site for...

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