But this is a failure of stewardship writ large, in neon lights, at the national level. This is all about short-term tactics in the face of some of the most serious long-term issues we’ve ever faced as a nation. It was the heights of irresponsibility.
John Taft, CEO of RBC Wealth Management, great-grandson of President William Howard Taft and grandson of Sen. Robert Taft
Andy Sturdevant: I imagined telling the leadership of the Minneapolis Institute of Art in the 1910s that the district responsible the town’s spectacular growth — the source of all that flour money that made it possible for the art museum in this very young city to purchase works by European painters — would leave behind a set of ruins as spectacularly decayed as the ruins in Alexander Nasmyth’s painting. I’m sure they wouldn’t have believed it.
What with Facebook mining every bit of wit and wisdom we post online, Google Earth spying on our backyard doings, and now the NSA sucking up information on cell phone calls and emails like a Dyson DC41, Americans could be forgiven if we started wearing tinfoil hats to try to keep our thoughts to ourselves.
There’s one neighborhood in Longfellow, though, that was developed long after the surrounding area. Like Tangletown, it stands out on a map: squiggly and fluid where most everything else is straight and geometric.
Andy Sturdevant: Longfellow outlier: Suburbia on the banks of the Mississippi
MinnPost contributing photograher Terry Gydesen captured the final hours of the campaign to succeed Mayor R.T. Rybak.
With 118 of 119 precincts reporting, Hodges had 36 percent of first-round votes, and Andrew had nearly 25 percent.
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MinnPost: You seem to have wholly embraced life in Minnesota, and made a real study of it — in literature, history, music and art. From a newcomer’s perspective, what makes this place distinctive? Are you planning to stay for the long haul?
Andy Sturdevant: It’s just a great American city. Or two great American cities, more accurately. Both of them have their peculiarities and obsessions and self-perceptions and identities, and I never get tired of talking to people about those things, and I never get tired of digging into them. There’s something about the place that encourages self-reflection and investigation — the historical and archival resources are so vast and so accessible — but there’s such a capacity for surprise and doubt, too, in the civic character.
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