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All content by Chris Iverson

U area buildings embody generations of stories

May 5, 2014

As I was biking to my house in the sleepy Como neighborhood last week, I stopped and observed a classic house demolition on the corner of Seventh Street Southeast and 15th Avenue Southeast. This house,...

We’re on the road to a driverless future

April 28, 2014

If I still have any loyal readers out there, you are probably getting tired of listening to me talk about non-motorized transportation. I apologize for blabbering about the wondrous world of movement,...

Close roads for more pedestrians

April 21, 2014

The increasing number of options to live near the University of Minnesota campus means that more people are in the area at all times. And with more people, there’s more demand for space to live,...

What should be built in Stadium Village?

April 14, 2014

“We’re gonna need a bigger proposal.” This line, derived from the 1975 classic “Jaws,” also directly applies to the mass building expansion seen around campus these days....

The salary of coaching amateur athletes

April 7, 2014

The Minnesota men’s basketball team won the National Invitation Tournament 65-63 on Thursday in a competitive game against Southern Methodist University. With the championship victory, the Gophers...

What does Dinkytown need in its retail vacancy?

March 31, 2014

The famed Hibbing, Minn., singer-songwriter Bob Dylan famously sang, “The times they are a-changin’.” Appropriately, Dylan’s old stomping grounds in Dinkytown are seemingly changing...

Fall breakers: Should we have an autumn respite?

March 24, 2014

Well, time to go back to reality, I suppose. As we all rest from our spring break hangover and get readjusted to the continually thawing University of Minnesota campus, at least we can partake in a reverie. For...

U needs more winter activities

March 10, 2014

It’s time for a weather-related heart-to-heart. This winter has sucked, and there’s really no other way to put it. Yes, I’m an out-of-state student at the University of Minnesota, but...

The U area doesn’t need additional parking

March 3, 2014

As a columnist, I have a great opportunity to present opinions that college-age readers might not otherwise consider. In a similar light, readers have an opportunity to read opinions from multiple columnists...

Move forward by funding transportation

February 24, 2014

Once it becomes bearable enough to actually go outside, take a quick stroll down your street. What do you notice? Is the street properly paved, without huge cracks or potholes? Is the lane paint still...

Minneapolis could fix its neighborhoods with interstate lids

February 17, 2014

The interstate highways around the country are known for moving vehicles at a fast pace over formidable distances. However, from the urban perspective, we don’t recognize interstate highways’...

Find permanent sites for the Olympics

February 10, 2014

For a few weeks in 2004, Athens, Greece, was the planet’s center of attention. International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge touted the 28th Summer Olympiad, the first Olympics hosted in...

Replacing vs. adding to Dinkytown development

February 3, 2014

When you add an amenity to something — say, a dishwasher into an old house — it creates a standard of living that wasn’t there before. On the other hand, when you replace that amenity,...

World Expo isn’t right for Twin Cities

January 29, 2014

A local group aims to bring a historic yet international event — the World’s Fair — to the Twin Cities. However, Minnesota may not be the best place for it. Nonprofit corporation Minnesota...

TargetExpress: groceries or bust

January 22, 2014

Dinkytown is changing, and a quick walk down Fifth Street Southeast proves it. Two new apartment buildings, The Venue at Dinkytown and The Marshall, are changing the landscape of the neighborhood’s...

A corporate rooftop reality

December 9, 2013

As a civil engineering major, I used to scroll around on Google Maps and zoom into downtown areas. But soon, when someone looks at downtown Minneapolis, they may see a corporate logo on a rooftop. The...

Thankful for Minneapolis

December 2, 2013

Sitting at my aunt and uncle’s Thanksgiving table Thursday, I was thinking about the many things to be thankful for this holiday season. Urban-obsessed as I am, my mind meandered to how great living...

My bike facilities wish list

November 25, 2013

There is a biking problem at the University of Minnesota. We increasingly need modern bike facilities, but the University is struggling to meet demand. Our old infrastructure is holding us back. Without...

Time to change Minneapolis zoning codes

November 18, 2013

The word “zoning” conjures images of long-winded meetings and jargon-filled laws. TV shows like “Family Guy” and “Parks & Recreation” have even made fun of zoning’s...

It’s morning in local politics

November 11, 2013

There’s a changing wind in the world of Minneapolis politics. If the local election last Tuesday was any evidence, the hugely funded, name-recognized and/or union-supported campaigns slipped in a...

Join the game-day bandwagon

November 4, 2013

Is your heart still pounding from Saturday’s football game? I know mine is, but not entirely for the reasons yours might be. With three unexpected consecutive victories, the Gophers have the intrigue...

A fare-free zone alternative

October 28, 2013

There is no such thing as a free lunch. However, if you could make your lunch and others’ lunches cheaper, why wouldn’t you? I’m a little hungry today, but I’m actually referring...

Want growth? Reduce parking minimums

October 21, 2013

Although parking allows us to take our cars throughout the city, it can be devastating to urban development. Take Dinkytown, for example, where a bike lane was sacrificed for on-street parking. Although...

Who will pay the price of safety?

October 14, 2013

Pam Wheelock, vice president of University Services, sent an email to students Friday regarding bicycle and pedestrian safety around campus. In the email, Wheelock noted that a recent campus traffic study...

Lacking Washington Ave. bike racks

October 10, 2013

On my way to lunch one afternoon, I looked for the closest bike rack to the restaurant. I scanned the street, but I noticed there were no bike racks along Washington Avenue. None. Zero. Since it was lunchtime,...

To build Dinkytown, start in the trenches

October 3, 2013

Change is happening in Dinkytown, whether we like it or not. Some opposed to new construction projects argue developers are building without blinking, whereby destroying the character of the famed commercial...