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Como facility confronts toxic chemical emissions

A building owned by Integer, a medical device outsource manufacturer, stands in Southeast Como on Friday, Feb. 7.  The site has recently been identified as producing higher than acceptable levels of trichloroethylene (TCE), an industrial solvent and carcinogen.

Yves De Jesus

February 10, 2020

After entering into an agreement 12 years ago, Como residents and a local manufacturing facility are still weighing how to eliminate toxic chemical emissions in the neighborhood.  A 2020 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency report, which came out last month, found the site of Greatbatch-Globe Tool, Inc...

Following Cedar-Riverside fire, state lawmakers introduce high-rise sprinkler bill

The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood as seen on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018.

Mohamed Ibrahim

February 10, 2020

Local state lawmakers are looking to install sprinklers in high-rises statewide after a deadly fire in a public housing property in their district. Minneapolis DFL lawmakers Rep. Mohamud Noor and Sen. Kari Dziedzic introduced legislation late last month calling for residential high-rises 75 feet or m...

Grad student, MPHA team up to lower eviction rates

Minneapolis City Council Member Abdi Warsame addresses the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Warsame was selected as the next executive director and CEO for the MPHA.

Erin Rose Baker

February 6, 2020

A University of Minnesota graduate student is working with the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority to help lower eviction rates within public housing. Weston Merrick, a student in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, is finding solutions to create a more cohesive relationship between the governmen...

For Cedar-Riverside youth program, outreach means coming back home

Youth Coordinating Board staff member Iqbal Maxamed speaks to a student during a passing period at Patrick Henry High School on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

J.D. Duggan

February 6, 2020

Abdul Sero grew up in Cedar-Riverside. He remembers it as a fun neighborhood, all his friends lived nearby. They played soccer or hide-and-seek well into the afternoon until their parents had to call them home for lunch. That was more than a decade ago. Sero spent last summer working with the Minneap...

UMN class explores neighborhood identities, sociology

A street sign denotes the area as a Historic District in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood on Tuesday, Jan. 28.  The neighborhood provides housing for a significant number of University students.

Brooke Sheehy

February 6, 2020

A new course at the University of Minnesota aims to connect students with community members to examine social connections in Minneapolis neighborhoods.  “Sociology of Neighborhoods” professor Evan Roberts has students attending community meetings and conducting interviews to discover how local...

UMN Campus Crime Update: January property crimes down, excluding auto theft

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

J.D. Duggan

February 5, 2020

Most property crimes, like burglary and theft from a motor vehicle, have declined in January 2020 compared to 2019 around the University of Minnesota. Auto thefts have increased slightly compared to January last year, according to Minneapolis Police Department crime statistics. Crime trends Burglaries...

New Marcy-Holmes development would convert single-family home

Courtesy of Hennepin County.

Caitlin Anderson

February 4, 2020

A single-family home in Marcy-Holmes could be seeing new life as denser rental housing, mirroring a larger trend in campus neighborhoods. Representatives of Go Gopher Rentals, LLC met with the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association last month to present plans for rental units on the site of an existi...

UMN-area representation a key piece of census outreach

City Clerk Casey Carl visits the Prospect Park board meeting on Monday, Jan. 27.

J.D. Duggan

February 3, 2020

As Census Day nears, local officials and community members are ramping up engagement efforts in University of Minnesota areas. Students, who usually live in transition, along with the predominantly East African Cedar-Riverside community, are often undercounted. In fact, neighborhoods around the Unive...

New 71-unit apartments bring the new and old to Marcy-Holmes

Courtesy of Kaas Wilson Architects.

Caitlin Anderson

February 3, 2020

New apartments near the University of Minnesota will use both historic buildings and new development to bring more housing to the area. Plans for a six-story residential building on the edge of Marcy-Holmes and Northeast Minneapolis were approved by the Minneapolis Planning Commission last month. Th...

UMN neighborhoods look to allocate thousands for local park improvements

Currie Park is seen on Thursday, May 31, 2018 in Minneapolis

Brooke Sheehy

January 30, 2020

By collecting mandatory fees paid to the city, neighborhood groups near the University of Minnesota have hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend on park upkeep — but they're still deciding how to allocate the money. A survey by the Southeast Como Improvement Association, which closed at the end o...