Minneapolis Community Indicators

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Living Well

More trees: success defined by a healthy tree canopy

We will be losing 260,000+ trees to emerald asher borer. Trees need to be planted on boulevards, park land, residential, and commercial properties now to maintain our current air quality, water quality, and other lesser known benefits such as energy efficiency in buildings and carbon retention provided by this significant amount of trees.

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128 votes
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A Hub of Economic Activity & Innovation

Incentives available to green/clean/sustainably minded businesss

Continue to make incentives available to businesses, with fees that they pay, for innovative clean technology projects that result in measurably cleaner communities, stronger businesses and healthier working conditions. Leverage investments that are mutually beneficial to businesses and their surrounding communities (ie. especially in areas of inequity). Auto body shops, dry cleaners, printers, plating companies, foundries, ...more »

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107 votes
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One Minneapolis

Make Cannabis the Lowest Level Law Enforcement Priority

Making cannabis the lowest level law enforcement priority is one way to greatly reduce racial arrest disparities. In October 2014, the ACLU released a report showing that African Americans are 11.5 times more likely to be arrested in Minneapolis for cannabis possession than whites. [1] While possession of 1.5 ounces (42.5g) of cannabis is currently a petty misdemeanor in Minnesota, the fact that it is a criminal citation ...more »

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104 votes
110 up votes
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A Hub of Economic Activity & Innovation

Excellent schools and education

For Minneapolis to be a really great city, make sure we have the best schools in the world. When the schools are top notch, people, jobs, and committed citizens will follow. We should be measured against the best schools in the world, not just the in the US. Provide flexibility and incentives for our schools to win in that comparison.

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More complete streets = sustainable + stronger communities

We need a more comprehensive approach to the redevelopment of streets. We need to develop more emphasis on walking, biking, public transit, community and local commerce. If we don't start becoming more intentional about limiting the growing presence of automobiles on our streets, we'll see more traffic congestion, wider roads, more pollution and residents with little-to-no connection with the neighborhood in which ...more »

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67 votes
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A City that Works

Neighborhood Meetings

A forum that allows residents to comment via computer on proposed City projects should be established.

 

This would allow residents that aren't able to physically attend neighborhood meetings to easily voice their opinions.

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66 votes
74 up votes
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Living Well

Stop Incinerating Recyclables at the Garbage Burner (HERC)

After almost 30 years of polluting the communities of our city with toxic emissions (and now the "open air" Twins Stadium), it is time to transition away from burning recyclables and compostables in the heart of Minneapolis. The contract allowing Hennepin County to incinerate 1000 tons of refuse per day at HERC--regardless of our recycling rate--ends in 2018. We should not have to breathe the same amount of airborne ...more »

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66 votes
80 up votes
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Living Well

Possessing Small Amounts of Hash Oil Should Not Be a Felony

In Minnesota, possession of any amount of hash oil is a felony. It's time we change this, so that having small amounts of concentrates (7g or less) in Minneapolis becomes a civil fine or petty misdemeanor charge – as it is to possess cannabis in its natural form. Cannabis oil has significant uses, particularly for medical patients, which is part of the reason why the state legislature approved a medical cannabis bill ...more »

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62 votes
67 up votes
5 down votes

A Hub of Economic Activity & Innovation

Decrease commercial vacancy

Vacant commercial space is a source of blight, leaves tax revenue on the table, affects the livability of a neighborhood, and, due to renovation costs, increases the up-front cost of starting a business. Minneapolis should be viewed as the preferred place to own a business in the metro area.

 

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Acreage of vacant commercially zoned property.

Square footage of vacant commercially zoned buildings.

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59 votes
62 up votes
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Living Well

Homelessness

Eliminate homelessness. There have been creative solutions around the country that we could emulate or adapt for Minneapolis to eliminate the experience of homelessness.

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58 votes
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Develop a long term plan to bury powerlines

Buried powerlines remove an aesthetic blight from our city and make our transmission lines less susceptible to damage from extreme weather events and resulting power outages. We need a longterm plan with Xcel to bury these lines, something considered standard in new suburban development but "too expensive" for the urban core. This investment will create jobs as it is implemented.

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55 votes
59 up votes
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A City that Works

Possessing a Small Amt of Cannabis Should Result in a Civil Fine

Currently in Minnesota, possession of less than 1.5 ounces (42.5g) of cannabis is a petty misdemeanor. While this is certainly preferable to a felony, the fact is that a petty misdemeanor is still a criminal offense with the potential to wreak long-term harm. Repercussions include having the citation show up on some background checks, being banned from taking out federal student loans for a year [1], and not being allowed ...more »

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47 votes
54 up votes
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One Minneapolis

Community policing in Mpls

There's a lack of trust - driven by fear and misunderstandings - between the Mpls police and the community it serves. This trust is a contributing factor to Mpls having one of the worst racial disparities in the US. It makes everyone - the community *and* the police - less safe and makes life difficult for folks who have run-ins with the law to bounce back to becoming a productive member of the community. It's an unfortunate ...more »

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A City that Works

Landlords

Residential and commercial rental property owners are held accountable for the livability/workability of their properties, the physical condition/appearance of the building's interior and exterior, and the property's grounds/landscape.

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Promote the Minneapolis Skyway System

Treat the skyways as another transit option: Create skyway "lines" (i.e. the blue line, the green line, etc.) by adding colored lines (paint, tape) that pedestrians can follow to various destinations (i.e. the Convention Center, Target Center, City Hall, etc.). Improve skyway access from the street by installing signage identifying skyway access points so that visitors can easily enter the system. Improve signage within ...more »

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42 votes
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A City that Works

Parental Leave

The City of Minneapolis will lead way and become an example to other employers in regards to work/life balance by raising the bar and offering employees paid parental leave (equal for men and women) in the event of a birth/adoption of a child. This is important as we trying to replace an aging workforce by recruiting new talent. Other municipalites have implemented (Brooklyn Park) or discussed (St. Paul) this idea already. ...more »

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A Hub of Economic Activity & Innovation

Superior Teachers

World class teachers are grown, drawn to, and retained in Minneapolis because they are respected, supported and rewarded for their time, energy, and innovation in each and every school. Their day is devoted to creating opportunities for student inquiry and critical thinking which lead to well-rounded citizens that will contribute to our society. Teachers have more time to nuture all children and focus education on quality ...more »

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Living Well

Improve Air Quality

Ground level ozone damages lung tissue and vegetation making it a public and environmental health issue. With the announcement by the EPA to drop the standard for ozone to a range of 65-70 ppb the City of Minneapolis is at risk for being in nonattainment (the 3 year average for 2011-2013 for the metro was at 67 ppb). This will increase the regulatory burden on our community. We need to make it a priority to study air ...more »

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Living Well

Slow down the urban "highways"

26th St S, 28th St S, University Ave SE, 4th St SE, Blaisdell Ave S. These are all roads in the city, and yet they are treated like highways. People drive well above posted limits, and the roads do more to break up communities than they do to bring people together, and create dangers for pedestrians and bicyclists. Whats more, speed limits appear to be unenforced on many of these roads. We need to re-evaluate the speed ...more »

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36 votes
42 up votes
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One Minneapolis

End hunger

People are hungry in Minneapolis, particularly children and older people. A successful city should create policies that support people and organizations in fighting hunger, especially in our vulnerable populations.

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35 votes
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A City that Works

Rainwater harvesting, greywater recycling

Approximately 50% of the water used in residences goes to non-potable uses. In commercial buildings, that percentage rises to nearly 95%. We have huge opportunity to use rainwater or greywater for so much of this, and many examples to learn from across the nation. Whether it is San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, or (our favorite) Portland, there are examples all around us. Reusing stormwater indoors mitigates ...more »

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A City that Works

Midtown Greenway Transit

We need to accelerate the Midtown Greenway Transit! With all the new development along the greenway it's time to utilize the existing non-bike/walk side of the greenway to enhance transportation options in Minneapolis. Imagine being able to hop on for a quick ride to the Midtown Exchange for dinner and shopping.

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A City that Works

Create a Safe City that includes People of Color

Establish a panel that investigates complaints against police and has the power to hold police accountable for their crimes. One that also protects people who make complaints from the police. Currently, the police investigate themselves when there is a complaint or someone is injured or killed at their hands.

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32 votes
38 up votes
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A City that Works

Translation Services

Have better city or department wide translation services especially for field employees interacting with the public. Have the ability to bring a translator to appointments and translate emails or phone calls that may be received from residents. A city that works is a city that can communicate with the vast population that makes our city great.

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Create A Vibrant City through Public Art

Work with a non-profit to accept donations of funds for public art. Cities gain cultural, social, and economic value through public art. Public art celebrates creativity, adds vibrancy and meaning to our cities, and uniqueness to our communities. Public art humanizes the built environment and invigorates public spaces. It shouldn't come at a cost of less police, or snow plowing, but through the tax deductible donations ...more »

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No flat roof wasted!

Whether it is rainwater harvesting, food production, solar collection, native plants, or other green roof, it would be amazing if every flat roof--with such great potential--go to a productive use. Community solar needs flat roofs, we can expand local food production, we can provide vast amounts of pollinator habitat, and so much more--all while beautifying our city, cleaning the air, reducing urban heat island impacts, ...more »

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Living Well

Property Crimes actually solved by MPD

Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) only clears a fraction of the robberies, home burglaries and other so-called 'non-violent' crimes. And when you have one of these happen to you, MPD responds with almost assembly-line effeciency of getting you a form to fill out of what you were missing so you can report it to your insurance. Good Luck trying to get a hold of someone who's 'investigating' your case. MPD needs to get ...more »

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Living Well

Affordable Living in Downtown

At one poiint I was considering moving downtown but rent everywhere is outrageous. I don't know who can afford to live down here but it certainly isn't me where it's in the price range of $2400 for a one bedroom place. Minneapolis needs more affordable living solutions in downtown.

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Minneapolis Artists in Minneapolis Locations

Support the arts in Minneapolis and the artists living here by offering use of public spaces in the city - buildings and parks - for performances and showings. Give local musicians, actors, dancers, and visual artists the opportunity to bring their work to their neighbors and community by showcasing the talent in this city and providing financial support for these showcases.

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A City that Works

A committed City staff that truly represents Mpls.

- Require Mpls residency for all new hires - Work towards a staff that better represent the racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistic, economic diversity of Mpls ** ** ** ** With all of the increasingly pressing issues we face as a community, we can't afford to have folks working for us who are merely in it for the paycheck or for bolstering their resume. We need City staffers ...more »

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A City that Works

Efficiently respond to a changing climate

There is no "silver bullet" for addressing climate change. What is needed is a whole series of changes--a systems level approach. While this can be daunting, the good news is that this also means there are so many things that can be done now, piggybacking on things the city is already doing, to adapt to a changing climate and make Minneapolis a more resilient community. For instance, when we redo streets, we should ...more »

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One Minneapolis

More Affordable Housing and Fewer Condos and Luxury Apts

The amount of condos and luxury apts. is through the roof with no actual increased demand for such units. Many sit empty. They displace affordable housing which is sorely needed. We should be demanding that it be at least a one to one ratio of affordable units vs. luxury units. The gentrification and loss of culture is really eye opening at this point. Not to mention, why are we not taking care of the people who live ...more »

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One Minneapolis

Digital Equity - Technology Access and Skills

Eliminate disparities in resident’s access to technology and digital literacy skills based on race/ethnicity and income level: Equity in access to computers, mobile devices and the Internet, along with the skills to use these tools is critical as technology becomes more and more a part of our economic, educational, health, and workforce systems; and as technology and the Internet play a stronger role in civic and community ...more »

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Placemaking

As a city we take time to develop buildings, streets, and parks that interact with the place they reside and the people who use them. It’s false to think we can’t both encourage development and preserve green/public spaces.

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Compact development for a stronger community

Compact development enhances community connectivity, reduces the cost of utilities and services to build and maintain, creates housing opportunities that are diverse and affordable, strengthens local economies, requires less energy to build and run, and reduces dependency on the automobile. All of these benefits, and so many more, would adequately prepare Minneapolis for an aging population and changing climate.

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One Minneapolis

Measure Equity of Access to Destinations

Accessibility metrics indicate how easily people can reach opportunities such as jobs, education, healthcare, and recreation. They reflect both transportation and land use investments and policies. The City should measure how accessibility to different types of opportunities varies throughout Minneapolis and identify critical accessibility gaps.

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A City that Works

Housing + Transportation Affordability

Measure how affordable the city is for different resident demographic categories, and across the city. Include not only the cost of housing but also reasonable estimates for transportation. Link this with job accessibility per Andrew Owen's comments to understand how many jobs are available, by different industry sectors, within different commute times by mode to understand how reasonable it is to afford living in the ...more »

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A City that Works

Better Snow Plowing of Residential Streets in Minneapolis

The only time I feel we see snow plows in Minneapolis is when a snow emergency is declared. After those 72 hours, the plows seem to completely disappear. Minneapolis needs to do a better job keeping residential streets plowed during the winter. It is noticeable when you compare how well plowed neighboring streets are in cities such as St. Louis Park and Edina.

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A City that Works

Simplified Contracting Process for Smaller/Diverse Organizations

The City's contracting processes and requirements can be overly burdensome for small, community-based organizations that may lack the resources necessary to meet them. The City should seek to develop standards and processes that would enable diverse, community-based organizations to more easily partner with the City for the provision of services.

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More creative development

Enact policites to make developers more accountable for creating innovative and creative developments, espcially in higher density areas such as Uptown/Downtown to create a better sense of place/community. Currently, a lot of new development in the Uptown area are built to minimum standards in terms of aesthetics (use better matierlas not what is the cheapest!) and livability. There should be a better street network around ...more »

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A City that Works

"12% solution"

Peter Calthorpe, in his book "Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change", discusses the need to pursue a 12% Solution. Here's the background: Scientists are saying that, in the US, we need to bring out emissions levels back down to 20% of what they were in 1990 by the year 2050. However, our population is expected to increase by 130 million people by 2050. What we're really looking for is for every person in the US right ...more »

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Living Well - A Well Rounded Community

Success for the Living Well goal looks to me like a community that is well rounded in all aspects provided to the residents/citizents of Minneapolis. Access to public transporation, parks, cultural arena's, good roads & highways, education (all levels), etc. Living Well success also is dependent on the accountability of all residents/citizens and public service employees to make sure the streets are clean, crime is ...more »

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One Minneapolis

Change the "Press"

As a resident of North Minneapolis, I am tired of the negative image maintained in our community and the news. I have heard North Minneapolis described as "the abandoned stepchild of the Twin Cities Greater Metropolitan Area". I have also heard that school-aged children from North Minneapolis are looked down on by suburban students when borders are crossed to get a better education. Attitudes like these create and perpetuate ...more »

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Create a Promising Future for City Employees

Idea is being submitted based on the results of the 2014 Employee Engagement survey (My Minneapolis). Creating a more promising future for our employees will positively impact employee engagement. Numerous studies have shown that by improving employee engagement organizations realize: • Increases in employee productivity • Decreases in undesirable employee turnover • Have a more favorable reputation in the community ...more »

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Poverty in Minneapolis

A successful city should implement policies targeted at eliminating the inequity in who experiences poverty (there are differences by race, family status, age, veteran status, etc). To keep our city liveable for all, we should figure out the minimum income necessary to live in Minneapolis for a single person, family of four, and person who has retired, and keep that number in mind when designing programs and policies. ...more »

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Living Well

Spotlighting signature events and festivals

Minneapolis is host to a number of signature events, which distinguish our city and cultural landscape. There are many possible indicators to help illustrate the impact of these events on community involvement and economy. Signature events: Pride Festival & Parade | Twin Cities Marathon | Minneapolis Aquatennial | Minneapolis Holiday Market | Art-A-Whirl | City of Lakes Loppet | Heart of the Beast Theatre May Day Parade ...more »

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A City that Works

Don't arbitrarily delete ideas posted to this website.

This website was created in order to get ideas from the residents of Minneapolis on how the city can best achieve the goals that the city council and the mayor have set. Unfortunately, one of the ideas I submitted was arbitrarily removed from the site. No explanation was given for the idea's removal. I'm assuming this was done because a faceless administrator that works for the city didn't approve of my idea. My fellow ...more »

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Great Places

Slower Ash Trees Cutting, Faster Replanting Boulevard Trees

I am concerned about the Ash Tree removal plan in Minneapolis. 90% or more of the trees on my block and in Whittier generally are Ash, and if they are all removed so prematurely and quickly in the next few years as is planned, this neighborhood will be bald and severely aesthetically and environmentally challenged. The ash borer is not affecting all of the trees yet. Many of the several trees that have just recently been ...more »

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A City that Works

Business Districts are Destinations

When implementing the new bicycle paths in the City, take into account their affect on our small business districts. The bicycle lanes can kill a business district when they displace parking. There is no mention in the Bicycle Plan for Minneapolis of coordinating with existing business districts, yet, these small business hubs are vital to the neighborhoods. City plans that will reduce these businesses ability to provide ...more »

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Stop Trying to be Portland, OR

Trying to be like someone else is evidence of a lack of self-esteem.

 

Minneapolis needs to be what it is: A modern city with Midwestern values, filled with creative, intelligent people, that is not ashamed of its weather.

 

Success will be achieved when Portland wants to be like Minneapolis.

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A City that Works

Residents Feel Represented

Constituents feel that city council members (as well as other city representatives) work directly for them and accurately represent their opinions. City representatives work to seek out and present data on resident approval ratings of public works and policy through multiple media and are required to achieve a majority to continue/carry out projects with far reaching monetary and social impact i.e. stadium, new light ...more »

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Saving Great Places Cultural & Historic, Chain Store Ban

Save Nyes! RIght? Save the Uptown Bar! didn't happen sadly. There is way too much loss of great unique Minneapolis places lately, and it doesn't seem like our city officials care much about it. A lot of money is being made building condos etc. that displace our favorite independent businesses and venues etc. We need to retain these places I think most of the public agrees. The flavor of our city is being squandered and ...more »

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A Hub of Economic Activity & Innovation

Make LynLake Businesses Neighborhood Friendly!

LynLake businesses are dying a quick death including Cause , Country Bar, Falafel King, Grey House, Spill the Wine, Jackson's & more. We are in a time of fabulous transition in the area and need Minneapolis to help the area thoughtful about what new businesses we bring it -- perhaps through incentives? Think dry cleaners, flower shops, bakeries and more that move beyond the great restaurants & bars we have today.

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Living Well

Supervisor

"Electrical Inspectors" to complete our inspections division which will provide a safe and quick response to unsafe and unpermitted electrical work.

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Living Well

Combined household trash/recycling/organics pick-up

What if I and a couple of my neighboring households, could combine our trash/recycling/organics into a single bin for weekly collection? My small household produces less than one grocery bag each of trash and recycling per week. If we add the organics recycling, that splits the trash into even smaller weekly amounts. I suspect many of my neighbors also have very small amounts collected from their bins each week. It would ...more »

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utility infrastructre

I would like to see Minneapolis go towards a consolidated utility infrastructure model. Not to own the utilities, but to just own the infrastructure to deliver those utilities. The city already owns, manages, builds all everything for water, sewer & storm drains. Consolidating things even more by including electric, gas, phone & internet would help save a lot of duplicate efforts, support crew, locations, right of ways. ...more »

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Listen to Constituents

Work Towards True Grassroots Democracy: All city council members will be required to hold an annual Town Hall-type input meeting, advertised broadly to ward's constituents, where they solicit priorities. come to consensus and then words towards show progress towards implementing these priorities (or explain why not at future Town Hall-type meetings), instead of ignoring constituents and failing to pursue the voters' true ...more »

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parking meter access and cost

increase the number of street parking spaces and keep the cost low, this is something that really makes the city livable, being able to come downtown or to another hub like uptown on any night and find an inexpensive place to park for a dinner and show.

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Free Wireless Enterprise Zone

As part of the USI Wireless contract, Minneapolis offers free wireless in 117 hotspots that are spread around the City. There is no rhyme or reason to their location and public awareness is limited. Why not focus all those hotspots into one region to create a wireless enterprise zone? This could encourage economic growth and development, and help bridge the digital divide. We already provide these free hotspots, why ...more »

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Department Level Performance Management

Department-level performance indicators should be tied to monetary investments the department(s) is/are actually making towards a particular project or program or desired outcome. Citywide indicators that are not tied to department level investments can be interesting and nice to have but do not necessarily measure the respective departments' performance.

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Nicollet Mall’s art work redesign

We should build a blue sailboat sculpture that similar to the city’s logo in place of the Carl Nesjar Ice Fountain in the front of Caviidae common. The sailboats structure will be light up with crystal blue LED lights at night. The sculpture will be easy to design by Mpls local artists, easy to maintenance and it’s safe to the public. Also, we should redesign the lanterns between 6th and 8th street that will shaped ...more »

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Relieve Traffic Congestion in Uptown

The number of people living in the uptown area has surpassed the capacity of it's road system. With hundreds of new units that haven't been filled yet, this looming problem is only going to get worse. PROPOSAL: Make Hennepin and Lyndale Avenues one way streets in opposite directions. This would eliminate turning issues and many other headaches. PIE IN THE SKY PROPOSAL: Run light rail from uptown to downtown via Lyndale. ...more »

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Vehicle Parking

Car counts per 1,000 residents are unlikely to change for the next 40 years (Victoria Transport Policy Institute, August 2014). What will change is the engine and fuel running them. It seems foolish to plan for something to go away that isn't going to go away, but likely increase with population density up to the year 2060. That said, where will all of those cars fit in any plan the City might put forth? It simply ...more »

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Education

Make children (and their parents) responsible for their own education.

 

If you attend class, pay attention, and follow instructions, you will get an education.

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Living Well

A Welcome Basket

When someone moves to Minneapolis the city provides them with a welcome basket containing the following: A bicycle (or a nice ride one year membership), 6 pack of locally brewed beer, a pass to one of the great cultural events, and bomber hat. Finally, a list of expectations for all Minneapolis citizens: that you will vote, support your local library, attend civic meetings, invite others who do not look or sound like ...more »

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Living Well

Shrink Government

Shrink the size of Minneapolis government. Business in this city is tied hand and foot in every conceivable way. We need fewer laws and regulations; we need the freedom to be productive. Our city government needs to get out of the way so individuals and businesses can make wealth.

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Bicycle Safety

Bicycles should be required to have the same safety equipment as Motorcycles are required to have (brakes, headlights, taillights, turn signals, horn).

 

Bicycles should also be required to display a lighted license plate so that they can be identified.

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Bicycle Licenses

I think bicyclists who commute on bike lanes should have to pay a fee or license (every year) in order to help pay for all of the bicycle infrastructure, just like automobiles pay a license fee (every year) in order to use the bike lanes.

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