Oppose the Homewood Historic District

The Homewood District (small blue box) with areas of concentrated poverty from Hennepin County datasets (shaded area) Over the past year a proposal for a historic district in the Homewood area of North Minneapolis has been going through the process, and will come up again for review by the Zoning & Planning Committee on Thursday, Sept… (read more)

A campaign for “ignored voices” — not really

Saralyn Romanishan entered the race for Ward 10 City Council, framing her campaign in a recent Southwest Journal profile as one of “ignored voices”. I’ve written elsewhere about Romanishan’s approach to local outreach (see: Wedge Club, 2014), as have others. It’s worth noting that she, and her family and friends, have long been the sole… (read more)

💡How can Minneapolis improve its housing policy?

When we went from publishing memes to doing advocacy work in 2017, we published this post as a policy grab bag of things Minneapolis could or should consider pursuing. Since then, we went on to advocate for the Comp Plan, publishing some updated policy reviews of individual topics: Housing Displacement, Expanding Ownership, Housing & Development… (read more)

Avocado Toast

Some rich bozo decided that the only thing preventing millennials from owning a home is an inability to budget properly, due to splurging on silly things like avocado toast. This analysis ignores some other things preventing millennials from finding affordable places to live: lack of housing supply, which leads to higher prices and rents; low… (read more)

Fauxgressive Quarterly №. 2

In the latest issue of FQ: we profile the people who believe you should Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything (BANANA). These radicals are keeping the neighborhood funky and driving the housing prices way up. Gentrification takes many forms. Restrictive zoning can force a neighborhood to remain physically the same, but it won’t hold prices… (read more)

Minneapolis residents opposed housing for WWII veterans

The news that Minneapolis had again passed 400,000 residents last summer is a reminder that we did it before. Buried in our history is a story of a post-war Minneapolis that at one time had more than 520,000 residents, and has not seen as many since. Part of the reason for this expansion and decline… (read more)

Fauxgressives Quarterly

Progress can be scary. The only thing scarier than progress is looking like you’re opposing it— that can be downright embarrassing. Fauxgressivism needs a rebrand to transform regressive messages into progressive ones. This will make it less embarrassing to engage in shameless concern-trolling of planning commissions and zoning committees with things that just feel right…. (read more)