Uneven recovery: East Metro's vulnerable neighborhoods

When the housing crash hit five years ago, no East Metro or St. Paul neighborhood was spared, but the East Side and Frogtown – more formally Thomas-Dale – neighborhoods were especially impacted by foreclosures, property abandonment and loss of family wealth tied up in homes.


No easy relief for Cedar-Riverside fire victims: Some won't return to work, and others don't have stable housing yet

Demolished rubble lies where the Cedar-Riverside building burned on Jan. 1 in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Amanda Snyder)

Cedar-Riverside residents are still struggling to readjust after a fire destroyed a building and killed three in the heart of the neighborhood last month.


University area hotel market heats up: Another developer has proposed a hotel, but student housing is still big

Two prominent developers around the University of Minnesota are shifting their focus from student housing to hotels.


Dellwood Gardens – New senior-living facility aims to serve diverse community on St. Paul's Eastside

A 92-unit assisted living and memory care residential facility is getting ready to open on the north side of 7th Street between Payne Avenue and Arcade Street. Dellwood Gardens, at 753 East 7th Street, plans to open at the end of February, though the exact date has not been set. The facility will address the scarcity of affordable assisted living and memory care options available to the growing and diverse elderly population present on St. Paul’s Eastside.


Pre-foreclosure notices down

According to the Minnesota Home Ownership Center the number of pre-foreclosure notices sent out in to Minnesota home owners continues to trend downwa


Beacon offers hope to low-income renters

Lydia Apartments houses formerly homeless individuals - Photo courtesy of Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative

When 27-year-old Simone Brooks' job as a school cafeteria worker ended last June, her family slid into homelessness. Their apartment rented for $650/month.


Minneapolis conservation districts are a terrible idea

You can feel the pace of change in Minneapolis these days. Cranes perch overhead like crows. It seems each week brings the pronouncement of another new building.


Minneapolis awarded housing permits worth record $1.2 billion in 2013, construction trends match University-area development

Minneapolis building permits totaled $1.2 billion last year, mostly for residential housing, breaking a city record and reflecting a larger migration trend — one that University of Minnesota neighborhoods mirror.


Housing advocates seek foreclosure mediation

Rep. Raymond Dehn, right, listens as David Skilbred, vice president of government relations for the Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota, speaks in opposition to HF1941 that would establish mortgage foreclosure mediation. Dehn is the bill sponsor. (Photo by Paul Battaglia)

His north Minneapolis home in the early stages of foreclosure, Howard Crutcher scrambled to keep his family in the house he helped design and build.


Uneven Recovery: West Metro problems not just bubble related

Five years since the housing bubble burst, and more than two years after a deadly tornado swept through, hard hit areas of North Minneapolis and nearby neighborhoods in the west metro region are still struggling with an enormous loss of home wealth, expensive and hard-to-find rental housing, and lagging incomes.

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