The New Lowry Avenue NE Will Have Less Room for Cars, More for Bikes

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Hennepin County
One of northeast Minneapolis's busiest streets is slated for a calming makeover

Everyone agrees Lowry Avenue NE is a disaster right now.

The sidewalks are comically narrow in spots, cars and trucks fly through at dangerous speeds, and blighted, boarded-up commercial buildings are too common for northeast Minneapolis, which is experiencing an economic resurgence.

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After 400 Cop Calls Last Year, Uptown McDonald's Will Have to Close Earlier

Categories: Crime, Minneapolis

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Mike Mozart/Flickr
Getting post-bar munchies is about to get a little harder in Uptown

The drunken, shady shenanigans inside the Uptown McDonald's around bar closing time on weekends is no big secret.

It sits at the epicenter of the hormone-charged Hennepin Avenue bar scene, and it's right next to a major bus station. The Uptown McDonald's is either a godsend, one last refuge for the post-bar crowd to mash some greasy food and pull itself together before crashing, or a stain on the neighborhood and magnet for crime, depending on who you talk to and what their BAC is.

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Early Morning Fire in Basement of City Hall Closes Police Evidence Room

Categories: Fire, Minneapolis

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Fibonacci Blue/Flickr
Police will spend the day figuring out how much evidence and seized property was damaged

There was a little bit of a scare this morning when a blaze broke out in the basement of Minneapolis City Hall around 1 a.m.

The fire was in Minneapolis police's evidence room, and it eventually put out by the sprinkler system. Any potential damage property or evidence held by Minneapolis police is still unknown, according to Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder.

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Cool Interactive Map Lets You Look at How Minneapolis Has Changed Since 1938

Categories: Minneapolis

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City of Minneapolis
Look at how different parts of the city have grown over the last 70+ years

It's Monday morning and you're probably at work procrastinating slogging through the stack of emails that piled up over the weekend.

Luckily our friends at the city of Minneapolis's open data department have something interesting to help you ease back into the workweek. They recently published a comprehensive aerial map where you can slide back and forth to compare the city as it was in 1938 and what it looked like in 2011-12. It's awesome:

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Why Do Only 30 Minneapolis Cops Live Within the City?

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Compared to departments in other big cities, the number of MPD officers who live within city limits is way low.

Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis President John Delmonico has heard the argument for years. He didn't buy it then. He's not buying it now.

"I certainly don't believe for a moment that if a cop doesn't live in the same city where he works that he's not going to give 100 percent," says the lieutenant, who's been the union chief since 1999. "To me it's a non-issue and the one people bring up because it's easy to point at."

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Here Are the Latest Plans For Gigantic 750-Apartment Development in NE Minneapolis

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Lennar Multifamily via Minneapolis Planning Commission
Plans are moving forward for one of the Twin Cities' largest housing developments in years

This baby is going to be big.

On Thursday one of the largest construction companies in America will have its first public meeting with the city of Minneapolis to talk about its proposed development spanning two blocks in Northeast near the Mississippi River.

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Parking Meter App Initially Approved by Minneapolis, Trial Planned For Spring

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Ben Johnson
Just look at those people, lined up waiting to pay for parking like savages

Yesterday a Minneapolis City Council committee raised no objections to using a new app to pay for street parking in Minneapolis, paving the way for a trial run involving about 500 of the city's 7,500 metered parking spaces later this spring.

If the trial run goes well, by the time summer's over people in Minneapolis will no longer have to deal with the city's mildly irritating rectangular payment boxes.

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Soon You May Be Able to Pay For Street Parking From Your Phone in Minneapolis

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Ben Johnson
No more fidgeting with this box?

In the big scheme of things paying for on-street parking in Minneapolis is a minor inconvenience, we know, but it is a pain in the ass.

You have to remember your stall number, punch it in, swipe your credit card, hope it authorizes on the first try, figure out how much money to add, then hit print. And if you want to stay longer, well, set a timer and run out and repeat the process every two hours.

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Minneapolis Might Have to Pay an Extra $25 Million for Target Center Renovation

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nba.com
The $97 $99 $129 million renovation should keep the Twolves around for the next 20 years

The $100 million Target Center renovation is going to cost $30 million more than originally estimated, and tomorrow the Minneapolis City Council will debate covering most of the increase.

The reworked deal leaves the city on the hook for $74 million of the $129 million project, with the Timberwolves kicking in $49 million and AEG, the company running day-to-day operations, putting up $6 million.

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Here's Where Minneapolis's New Protected Bike Lanes Will Be

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City of Minneapolis
More than five miles of protected bike lanes will be added this summer

Minneapolis's evolution into a two-wheeled utopia is nearly complete.

The city is spending $790,000 to add seven-foot-wide bike lanes protected by a 3-7-foot buffer area and hard plastic cones to five busy streets this summer.

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