New Lexington Parkway 83 bus route now operating, connects to the Green Line

After two years of collaborative discussion and consultations between representatives of Metro Transit and the SHA Pedestrian Safety & Traffic Calming Committee (PS&TC) over plans to create a new north/south bus line on Lexington Parkway connecting south of University communities with the new Green Line LRT – it has finally born fruit and the shuttle buses started rolling on June 14 th.

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VIDEO: Dinkytown Greenway expands, grand opening

Phase III of the Dinkytown Greenway, an off road bike trail that connects the University of Minnesota with downtown, opened on July 20 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and two group rides. Phase III utilizes a tunnel under the 35W bridge approach that was built under the bridge when it was reconstructed.
Council Members Jacob Frey and Cam Gordon led group rides from Gateway Park and TCF Stadium and met Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and other local leaders at Bluff Street Park, near where the tunnel connects Bridge #9 and an off-road bike trail that leads to the far end of the University of Minnesota campus with on-street bike lanes on 2nd Street South that lead to downtown.

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Minneapolis gives ride-sharing the green light amidst public debate

(Photo by Holly Peterson) Lyft driver Ben Leadholm, who's worked for the ride-sharing company for four months, demonstrates how to find other Lyft cars on Monday in Minneapolis. City Council voted to legalize Lyft and other transportation network companies Friday.

Minneapolitans can officially add ride-sharing companies to their ever-growing list of transportation options after the City Council passed an ordinance last week permitting the legal operation of businesses like Lyft and Uber.

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First TargetExpress opens doors in Dinkytown

(Photo by Holly Peterson) The new TargetExpress in Dinkytown on the corner of Fourteenth Avenue and Sixth Street is set to open on July 27.

In the University of Minnesota area’s dinkiest neighborhood, Target is set to debut its smallest store in company history.

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25 years of counting kids: Income, race and inequality

Some 25 years ago, the Annie E. Casey Foundation began an annual, in-depth report on the well-being of children in the United States. The 2014 report shows our accomplishments — and our shameful failures. The area of education shows both.

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Raise the Wage Coalition invites partners and supporters to victory party August 1

Minnesota’s minimum wage goes up Friday, August 1, the first increase since 2005 and the first step of several increases that will boost the minimum wage to $9.50 by 2016.

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OPINION | Vote labor on Tuesday, August 12 in state, local primary elections

Tuesday, August 12 may or may not be on your radar, but it should be: that’s the day for Minnesota’s primary election.

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OPINION | Equity missing from new Southwest Light Rail plans

Last week Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) was glad to see a plan moving forward to build the Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT), but deeply disappointed in the lack of equity in the plan as it currently exists.

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University of St. Thomas votes against unionizing

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After weeks of contention, the University of St. Thomas voted against unionizing adjunct faculty late yesterday afternoon.

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The one where I pick on the disabled

I was at a meeting a while back about a new parking policy in downtown Saint Paul. The city was changing its policies about handicapped parking. Until very recently, anyone with a handicapped parking placard on their dashboard was allowed to park for free all day downtown.

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