The PiPress has a report on how pollution issues might affect the Ford Plant site and an almost unreadable Joe Soucheray bitch-fest about yuppie developments.
Elsewhere, MPR ties the gay marriage issue into Richard Florida's arguements about the creative class -- before Pothole Pawlenty, the Twin Cities were doing very well on Florida's creative class rankings. Now? They have to be falling fast . . .
Meanwhile, the Strib is all stadium, all the time, with an Op-Ed on how Hennepin County needs a new Twinkie ballpark. The Twins stadium should be in the news a lot the next few weeks, as the Legislature is hearing the stadium bill.
Don't get me wrong. I'm a big Twins fan, but this is a horrible waste of development money, as Richard Florida also argues in his book. Look at the cities that have built new ballparks (Saint Louis, Pittsburgh, Detroit, San Diego) and you'll see cities struggling to build diverse economies and/or vibrant downtowns. Here's a question for the Strib board: What's more important for the future of downtown Minneapolis -- a new Twins stadium, or good relations between the MPD and the African-American community?
For an alternate viewpoint, read this article in Governing magazine about how most cities are saying "no" to stadium welfare.