Minneapolis

Urban Planning as a Tool of White Supremacy—The Other Lesson from Minneapolis

COMMENTARY | Segregation was baked into Minneapolis' urban planning. But the city is hardly alone.

To Avoid Integration, Americans Built Barricades in Urban Space

COMMENTARY | Urban inequality didn’t happen by accident.

I Was Mayor of Minneapolis. I Know Why Police Reforms Fail.

COMMENTARY | An us-versus-them culture has deadly consequences.

What the World Could Teach America About Policing

Examples abound of reforms that are seen as “radical” in the United States.

Majority of Minneapolis City Council Vows to Dismantle City’s Police Force

A veto-proof majority of the municipal legislative body said that they will dismantle the police department and reinvest their budget into community-led public safety programs. But many key details have yet to emerge.

Minneapolis Parks, Schools Cut Ties With Police Department

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Racial slur uttered after Ahmaud Arbery shooting, defendant said … Las Vegas bans protesters from carrying backpacks … Hawaii warns of scams targeting sex offenders.

Minnesota Presses for Oversight of Minneapolis Police—Will Other States Follow?

In the absence of federal civil rights investigations into the conduct of local police departments, some states may begin to implement their own consent decree programs.

Democratic Governors Tell Trump They Don’t Want Military to Deal With Protests

But the Insurrection Act does give the president authority to deploy troops domestically.

Trump Tells Governors They Must ‘Dominate’ With Protest Response and Vows to Order Military Deployment

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Los Angeles Metro apologizes for weekend transit shutdown that stranded riders … Pennsylvania governor promises school reopenings … Boston tries to rapidly build out bike lanes.

George Floyd Case Renews Calls to Limit Legal Immunity for Police

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether or not to take up a series of cases that challenge the legal doctrine of qualified immunity, which has been used to shield officers from civil liability over their actions.

Protests and Unrest Continue In Cities Across America

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Supreme Court lets state church restrictions stand … Arizona challenges Google location tracking policies … Boston Marathon canceled.

Minneapolis Leaders Condemn Unrest As Governor Calls Up National Guard

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Positive Covid-19 case in Pennsylvania legislature causes stir … New York City mayor eases retailers ability to walk away from leases … Oklahoma governor vetoes medical marijuana delivery bill.

Minneapolis Officers Fired After Man Dies in Police Custody

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | No raises for city workers in D.C. … Shutdown Colorado restaurant sues governor … Illinois moves toward allowing Chicago casino.

A Ranking of City Park Systems—While Parks Are More Important Than Ever

The national index ranks large city park systems on a number of metrics, including how many residents can walk to the nearest one.

Minneapolis Saw That NIMBYism Has Victims

COMMENTARY | Single-family zoning hurts a lot of people. In Minnesota’s largest city, reformers put them front and center.

Disability Advocates Sue Cities Over Scooters Blocking Sidewalks

A new suit against Minneapolis and scooter companies is at least the third of its kind filed this year. It alleges that electric scooters are creating hazards on sidewalks for people with disabilities.

Cities’ Progress Toward Carbon Neutrality Gets Tougher

Some, like Minneapolis, still rely heavily on polluting natural gas to heat buildings through frigid winters.

After Complaints About Delays, Federal Transit Administration Announces Grant Awards

The next step is executing funding agreements allowing public transit project sponsors to actually spend the money.

Finding Jobs for the Hard-to-Employ

In Minnesota, a training and hiring program is working on getting people into employment, including for the Hennepin County government.

Minnesota’s Largest Homeless Camp Is in a Race Against Colder Weather

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Outflanking New York state’s stubborn legislature … an independent auditing office for Mass. State Police … and L.A.’s new golden Gold tribute.