Holiday Security Tips

The city of Minneapolis has posted tips for keeping yourself safe during the holidays. Find them here:

http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/crime-prevention/docs/Hsholidy.pdf

Twin Cities Named Best for Business

According to Marketwatch.com (a business and investment website run by the Wall Street Journal), Minneapolis “far and away, remains where it's at for business.”

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NE Urban 4-H

The NE Urban 4-H group was out in full force raking leaves for seniors as part of the NE Royalty Program's Annual Raking for Seniors event in November.

City Unveils Business Assistance Program

The Community Planning and Economic Development Department (CPED) is offering loan guarantees to help small businesses weather current market conditions.

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Metro Plains Lowry Apartments

Metro Plains received the go ahead from the City Council this past Friday for their new development on Lowry Avenue. This is the latest drawing for the apartments, which will continue to change until construction starts - estimated to be in Spring 2009.

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Northeast Artists Boost Property Values

BusinessWeek.com has identified Northeast Minneapolis as a great buying opportunity.

Northeast Minneapolis is a blue-collar neighborhood that has transformed during the past decade into an artist district with studios and galleries. The neighborhood is a mix of residential and commercial and has plenty of restaurants and coffeehouses, a piano bar, and a hipster tiki bar called Psycho Suzie's Motor Lounge. Three-bedroom, two-bath houses can be found here for about $200,000.

The main article talks of artists as a vanguard for increasing a neighborhood’s property values.

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Audubon Problem Property to be Demolished

Like most neighborhoods, Audubon Park does have some problem properties. Thanks to the hard work of neighborhood volunteers, our number of problems will soon be reduced by one. 2632 Polk St. NE is set for demolition.

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CPED Asks for Comments on Hollywood Redevelopment Plan

In order to pursue a renovation of the Hollywood Theater, several procedural steps must be taken. One of those steps is establishing a City-sanctioned project area. The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) has put together some specifics about the project area, the goal of the project, and some other guidelines. Together, all that info is called the Hollywood Theatre Redevelopment Plan.

This plan only defines how the project can move forward in general terms. It does not cover exact details of how the Hollywood structure might be renovated, nor does it dictate what will become of the vacant lot across Johnson Street.

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