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Love thy neighborhood Twin Cities change with apartment boom

The residential housing market in Minneapolis and St. Paul is in full boom. After years of suburban sprawl, new apartment towers are being erected all across the city in both downtowns, the neighborhoods surrounding them, and along mass transit corridors. In Minneapolis, it’s difficult to drive anywhere near downtown and not see one—let alone two—cranes…

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Love thy neighborhood: Advocating pedestrian improvements

For most Macalester students, being a pedestrian is a part of everyday life. Macalester’s location in an urban neighborhood provides more busy streets and potential pedestrian problems than colleges in rural areas. Recent projects on campus included the construction of pedestrian islands on Grand Avenue and Snelling Avenue. These created “safe spots” for pedestrians when…

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Love Thy Neighborhood: Introducing a new column about urban and community development

Macalester, unlike similar small liberal arts colleges, enjoys the privilege of being located within a major metropolitan area. With the two largest cities in Minnesota at our disposal, the opportunities students enjoy because of our location are limitless. This year, I’m writing a new column that aims to discuss community and urban development on campus,…

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