Who's Paying For the New Nicollet Mall? Not the Vikings

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James Corner Fields
The professional real estate firm hired by Downtown Council decided the Vikings stadium is juuust outside of the benefits zone
The Minneapolis Downtown Council is making the rounds this week with its plan to assess downtown property owners for their $25 million share of the $50 million Nicollet Mall renovation.

The plan, carefully crafted by Shenehon Business and Real Estate Valuations, breaks down the assessments into three different zones based on proximity, and eight different business classifications ranging from commercial office space to vacant land.

Almost all of the owners of downtown's major buildings will be paying something as beneficiaries of the ambitious rethinking of the mall, except for one glaring exception: the new Vikings stadium.

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The 10 Most Absurd Licenses Required by Minneapolis

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In Minneapolis a license is required to sell Christmas trees, operate a jukebox, or hold a "going out of business" sale?
Minneapolis loves licenses. It offers hundreds of them; the exact number is tough to nail down because there are so many redundancies.

Grocery stores are broken down into 14 different categories, all requiring a different license. That's not counting the nine different licenses available for different classifications of confectioneries, and nine more for meat markets.

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Minneapolis Ranks No. 6 for Peter Pan Syndrome, St. Paul No. 8

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Photo by Ian Sane
Prioritizing quality of life.

Everyone knows the Twin Cities is the best place in the country for young folks these days, with our lean unemployment rates and educated peers and yada yada. But what about the honest-to-goodness cost of keeping our hard-earned condos properly stocked with weed?

The price of a harmless vice is one standard of measurement that the Lost Boys behind data-junkie news site Vocativ's Livability Index crunched to see how savvy Twin Citians are about dodging adulthood and just living life.

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Minneapolis Accidently Published Private Information on Sexual Misconduct Cases

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Isaac Bowen
Minneapolis may have violated state law when it accidentally published approximately 1,300 addresses where criminal sexual conduct was reported on its new open data website.

The city immediately took down the data when it was alerted to the problem, but this highlights the type of issues created when open data initiatives aren't handled competently.

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Minneapolis's New Open Data Portal Is Basically Worthless

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screenshots via Tony Webster and Ben Johnson, image by Ben Johnson
The Minneapolis data portal had a disastrous launch

On Monday Minneapolis announced the official launch of its long-awaited open data portal. Open data nerds, journalists, and curious citizens are now welcome to pick through raw data capable of illuminating almost every aspect of life in the City of Lakes.

The city released data about crime, fires, licensing, air quality, trees, 311 calls -- the list goes on, and it's due to get bigger. A press release noted the portal is "meant to make the most frequently requested and most useful data easily accessible, and more content will be added over time."


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10 Skyscrapers That Will Change the Minneapolis Skyline

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Ryan Cos.
Downtown East
Minneapolis is in the middle of an unprecedented, skyline-altering construction spree. Last year the city set a record in construction spending with $1.2 billion worth of building permits issued. This year the city says $2 billion is within reach.

Here's a look at eight projects in progress that contain ten of the tallest, most expensive skyscrapers driving the development jamboree:

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Minneapolis Moves to Ban E-Cigarettes in Public Buildings

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E-cigarettes will soon be regulated just like regular tobacco in Minneapolis

By the end of the year it looks like there will be no more vaping allowed in any public buildings in Minneapolis.

Yesterday a City Council committee unanimously passed a measure that would extend the state's 2007 Freedom to Breathe Act to e-cigarettes. The new ordinance would treat e-cigarette smoke exactly like cigarette smoke.

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Minneapolis Wins Bid for Final Four in 2019

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Meet Minneapolis
The team behind Minneapolis's winning bid celebrated on Friday

Last Friday the NCAA announced Minneapolis will host the Final Four in 2019.

The city's winning bid was titled "Winning Happens Here," a bit ironic for a city that literally has not won a major sports championship since 1991. (Sorry, Lynx fans.)

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Schell's Is Buying the Grain Belt Sign and Plans on Relighting It

Categories: Beer, Minneapolis

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Ben Johnson
Schell's is planning on relighting a Minneapolis landmark

The iconic "Grain Belt Beer" sign at the foot of the Hennepin Avenue Bridge may soon glow once again after sitting dark for nearly 20 years.

Today Schell's Brewery announced it has a purchase agreement in place to buy the Grain Belt sign and hopes to work with the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota to fix up and relight the classic Minneapolis landmark.

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Minneapolis Makes Its Pitch for the Final Four

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If Minneapolis hosts the Final Four it will look something like this
If an envoy of local business bigwigs and Minneapolis boosters were convincing enough yesterday the city could host the MLB All-Star Game, Super Bowl and Final Four within a span of five years.

The NCAA will announce which of eight finalist cities will host the Final Four from 2017-2020 on Friday. Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen said the presentation "went off without a hitch" when we caught up with her on her way home from the presentation to the NCAA in Indianapolis.

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