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Density Battles Looming in Minneapolis

The public comment period for the draft Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan will wrap up soon. City council members are already responding to concerns from singe-family neighborhood residents about the density proposed in the plan.
July 25, 2018, 5am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Andy Mannix and Mukhtar M. Ibrahim report that members of the Minneapolis City Council are pushing for changes to the proposed Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan.

"Council members say the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan must strike a better balance of encouraging more dense development while avoiding the skyrocketing housing prices and displacement epidemics of cities like Seattle and San Francisco," according to the article.

The new reports come as public comment for the draft plan ends later this month. The plan has sparked opposition for its proposals to increase density in the city—headlined by one proposal to allow fourplexes in every residential neighborhood in the city. "So far, the discourse has been dominated by criticism from residents in neighborhoods dominated by single-family homes," according to Mannix and Ibrahim.

In a separate article, Jessica Lee provides an "explainer" post for the political battle surrounding the draft comprehensive plan. The article also serves to explain the scope and goals of the comprehensive plan.

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Published on Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Star Tribune
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