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Developments around the University, including housing, could stall amid COVID-19

Construction is conducted in Minneapolis on Monday, April 6. Many developments could be put on hold as policymakers try to decrease COVID-19’s spread.

Caitlin Anderson

April 10, 2020

Development projects around the University of Minnesota could be put on hold as policymakers try to decrease COVID-19’s spread. The University area has been ripe for new construction for many years, with developers having put forward dozens of new proposals in nearby neighborhoods. Recent actions b...

Campus crime update: Property crimes continue slight climb

The steeple of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church peeks over a rise in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood on Tuesday, Jan. 28.  The neighborhood provides housing for a significant number of University students.

J.D. Duggan

April 9, 2020

Property crime has largely increased around the University of Minnesota compared to last year. Since March 27 at 11:59 p.m., the state has been under a stay-at-home order by the direction of Gov. Tim Walz. Crime trends Violent crime has remained steady in most University-area neighborhoods, aside from Marcy-H...

Student-senior program suspended, but remote connections continue

From left, Darla and Richard Waxler.

Yves De Jesus

April 9, 2020

A program partnering University of Minnesota students with local seniors has been suspended due to COVID-19, but some participants are finding ways to keep in touch with each other. The Connection Club pairs students every semester with seniors from Southeast Seniors, which promotes independent senior li...

Push for historic status could slow, cancel Como church site redevelopment

The Como Congregational Church stands amid freshly-fallen snow on Monday, Feb. 17.  The historic site faces the potential of being developed into an apartment building.

Yves De Jesus

April 7, 2020

A Como church could soon become a historic landmark of Minneapolis, further complicating development plans for the site.  The Heritage Preservation Commission determined the 133-year-old Como Congregational Church is a “historic resource” on March 13. The vacant church sits just north of Van Cl...

‘The elephant in the room’: UMN-area neighborhood organizations weather the pandemic

The Witch's Hat Tower sits in Prospect Park on Monday evening. On May 23, the Prospect Park Association voted on bylaw amendments that would have reserved a spot on their Board for student residents. The bylaw amendments did not pass, but will be revisited in later in June.

J.D. Duggan

April 6, 2020

Neighborhood organizations around the University of Minnesota have shifted priorities as COVID-19 concerns have ramped up. Organizations have moved their meetings online to maintain some semblance of regular operations. Groups have canceled in-person events, and some are using funds to respond to the pa...

‘It’s quiet’: Cedar-Riverside grapples with COVID-19 self-quarantine

The Red Sea, seen on Monday, March 23, closed its dining, venue and bar due to a city mandate to reduce social contact. According to owner Russom Solomon, the restaurant is only doing about 10 percent of its usual business due to the restrictions. 

J.D. Duggan

March 28, 2020

Although kids are home during school closures, the playground at the Riverside Plaza apartments was empty Monday afternoon.  The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is densely packed with a vulnerable population of immigrant elders and youth, and residents are taking measures to mitigate the threat of...

Twin Dinkytown apartments receive go-ahead for additional story

Courtesy of the Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development.

Yves De Jesus

March 26, 2020

A proposal to add an additional story to twin Dinkytown apartments was approved earlier this month.  The City of Minneapolis Planning Commission approved a variance request March 9 for two apartment units located near the northern border of Dinkytown: one at 616 12th Ave. SE and the other at 1202 7...

Police seek community help identifying Marcy-Holmes serial assault suspect

Courtesy of Libor Jany

Brooke Sheehy

March 26, 2020

Minneapolis police are relying on community assistance to identify a suspect likely connected to several assaults near the University of Minnesota.  Earlier this month, the Minneapolis Police Department announced it had gathered evidence indicating multiple sexual assaults and attempted assaults, predomina...

Businesses near campus face increasing uncertainty during outbreak

The neon signs of Annie's Parlour in Dinkytown hang dark on Saturday, March 21.

Caitlin Anderson

March 23, 2020

Many businesses near campus that once bustled with students now remain empty and dark with phones ringing unanswered and front sidewalks staying mostly untrodden. Early last week, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey declared a local public emergency, requiring restaurants, coffee shops, bars and nightclubs to close, allo...

Attempted abduction reported in Marcy-Holmes, second in two weeks

J.D. Duggan

March 2, 2020

An attempted abduction reportedly occurred at 6:07 p.m. Sunday near 725 8th Ave. SE, just over a block west of Interstate-35W, according to a campuswide Safe-U advisory. A 5'7" bald male, about 40 years old and wearing a black shirt, tried to grab the victim from behind, according to the advisory.  Minneapolis Police Departmen...