The avoidable murder of Savannah Ryan Williams
In the four weeks through December 4, Minneapolis recorded 11 homicides, with the adjacent suburb of Edina recording two more. In the midst of all this violence, the individual stories…
Make Minneapolis Great Again. I’ve used this picture of Minneapolis in several posts over the past few months. What is amazing about this view of downtown is how little it has changed in the past thirty years.
The city no longer enjoys the dynamism that was once its hallmark. But the steps needed to bring it back are not complicated. The formula for making a city thrive has been developed over millennia.
The idea is not new; our founder, Mitch Pearlstein, posted this piece on Urban Conservatism after the November 2018 elections. Mitch refers back to a January 2008 symposium conducted by the Center on “What Does It Mean To Be an Urban Conservative?“
To restart the conversation, here is my own modest contribution. First things first: make the streets safe to walk.
Go after carjackers, muggers, etc. Put people in jail who commit violent crimes and keep them there. Once we get the public safety situation under control, then we can work on the next two areas needing the most attention: commerce and education.
I refer you back to a formula I wrote years ago on this subject,
“We will make it easier for you to start and run your own business”
“We will help get your child out of a failing school”
“We will make sure your tax money is not wasted”
“You will get to keep more of what you earn”
“We will help those who need it most”
Each of those items reads like a common-sense platitude. But each is deeply offensive to the progressives who dominate city government. This series will develop these ideas further.
Last summer, we went all over the state with our Off the Cliff tour. In it, we reviewed what had happened in the last legislative session in St. Paul. Among…
When lawmakers legalized marijuana last session, they also set aside tens of millions of tax dollars to subsidize the marijuana industry. The bill that legalized marijuana, HF 100, instructed the…
But you already knew that. Although he has not yet been charged in the Thanksgiving-eve fatal stabbing at an Edina bus stop, KSTP-5 has named the 32-year-old suspect in the…
Evan Ramstad at the Star Tribune wrote a great story highlighting the multitude of entirely foreseeable potholes that electric buses are hitting in towns across Minnesota. The piece is solid…
The legislature appropriates more money, the unions grab it for salaries, the school board cuts middle school band, and everyone blames the legislature for underfunding. Rinse and repeat.