Elizabeth Smith

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Theft, car damage among recent crime

Two people were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday morning in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood near the University of  Minnesota. Three suspects approached the victims, and one of them pointed a gun at the pair and demanded the victims’ property.


McNeil says he is guilty

Former Gophers basketball player Daquein McNeil pleaded guilty Monday to assaulting his girlfriend, though he will serve no jail time for the November incident. 


Dinkytown business owners may help MPD with crime

A Minneapolis Police Department service used to investigate crimes citywide might come to Dinkytown businesses.   At a meeting with Dinkytown business owners earlier this month, police introduced SafeLink, a computer program that registers private businesses&rsquo


Neighborhood members want more traffic safety

Cedar-Riverside residents are joining together in an effort to help pedestrians feel safe when crossing some intersections in the area.   A group of six residents met last week to discuss traffic issues in the neighborhood and have started petitioning the city to


Student housing strong

Apartment buildings now dominate the University of MinnesotaâÄôs skyline in places where, a decade ago, houses and businesses dotted the landscape. Despite the recent surge in housing projects around the University campus and renewed predictions that the bubble must burst soon, developers are still proposing new apartment complexes intended for University students.


Dinky snatches historic title for oldest buildings

Minneapolis City Council members decided in a unanimous vote Friday to make Dinkytown a commercial historic district. The designation will apply to buildings erected during DinkytownâÄôs Streetcar Era, which stretched from 1899 to 1929. Though city officials considered including buildings established through the 1970s under the designation, they eventually agreed upon the shorter time frame late last month. Some expressed concerns that the 1899 to 1972 span would designate buildings that werenâÄôt equal in historic value, such as the McDonaldâÄôs on Fourth Street Southeast.


Homicide increases in Minneapolis

Despite a rise in homicides in Minneapolis this year, overall crime is decreasing for nearly every city neighborhood. Compared to numbers over the first half of the past four years, the number of homicides from Jan. 1 to June 30 of this year has risen from an average of about 14 homicides in the last five years to 22 this year. Though the University of Minnesota campus has seen a slight decrease in crime, its surrounding neighborhoods have seen the biggest jump in violent crimes this year.


Prospect Park townhomes to stay, redevelopment avoided

Community pushback has persuaded Minneapolis officials to hold off on the redevelopment of area public housing facilities. City officials originally slated a public hearing for Tuesday to discuss the revamp of Glendale Townhomes in the Prospect Park neighborhood, but after receiving criticism from residents and community members, the meeting was canceled, and all reconstruction plans have been postponed for at least six months.


Dinkytown named historic

Minneapolis City Council members decided in a unanimous vote Friday to make Dinkytown a commercial historic district. The designation will apply to buildings built during the Streetcar Era, 1899 to 1929. Though city officials considered including buildings established through the 1970’s under the designation, they eventually agreed upon the shorter time frame late last month.