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MEANDERINGS AFTER A BUSY WEEK

September 14, 2014

MEDICARE and DIXIELAND

Read an interesting article this week outlining the impact on the 23 states that rejected expanding Medicare. For the next eight years through 2022, those 23 will pay out $152 billion to extend the program in the states that comply. $88 billion of that will come from five states: Texas, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Virginia.

The article – one more time – pointed out that not only are the nay-sayers losing benefits, they’ll still pay $152 billion and lose $386 billion in federal funding – let alone the “soft” benefits of economic activity stimulation, increased tax revenues and hundreds of thousands of jobs.

One might be inclined to say “this makes NO SENSE” but remember….we are talking about “Dixieland”….sensible is not a word in their vocabulary!

THE GLOBAL COALITION to COUNTER ISIL

My first question is a simple one. If 40 countries in this alliance called “The Global Coalition of Counter ISIL” refer to their target as ISIL, and apparently from the name of the organization, they do – WHY does the US Press continue to use the term ISIS and make remarks such as “which Obama still refers to as “ISIL”?

I’m pleased to see John Kerry push back to the omnipotent Press re questions of whose doing what in the alliance being formed. They seem to be particularly “on” Turkey…but never mention that ISIL is holding 40 Turkish hostages, and is thus reluctant to provide military support for fear that ISIL may take action against the Turkish hostages. Nevertheless, as I understand it, wading through the “we know it all” Press remarks, Turkey is indeed open to humanitarian assistance.

And finally, why does the Press insist on spreading the message that Obama has “done nothing for Syria yet”….I think $2.9 billion is quite a lot, actually.

THE DMC EMERGING PLANS

Kudos to the Post Bulletin for emphasizing the DMC is on a quest for input regarding the DMC boundary discussion reviewed Thursday night.

We need to be reminded often that conceptual inclusions and boundaries are not “cast in stone” – nor do they mean that efforts for growth and improvements need be limited only to what eventually becomes the boundaries. The boundaries are simply a requirement for government funding and thus a guideline to help us focus.

For over twenty years, I have been involved in redevelopment efforts on the Central Riverfront in Minneapolis. The story of the redevelopment plans is worth reviewing as it captures what often happens in long term redevelopment process.

Originally the target was efforts where Minneapolis was born, on the EAST bank – with Saint Anthony Main. We called it the “Mississippi Mile”. It was a long, slow, arduous process…it moved slowly from the late 70s…and in the 90s, we were beginning to see good progress and even the beginning of the resurrection of East Hennepin. A collaborative effort between the Parks, the City and MHS in the 90s had re-opened the Stone Arch Bridge but West Bank was only a dream with efforts to come sometime “later”. And then Nina Archibal of MHS suggested a new museum on West Bank to tell the story of the “Power of the Falls”.

My personal reaction initially was not to divert attention away from the task at hand – let’s finish what we are doing – and how wrong I was!

First, the Mill City Museum emerged out of the homeless neighborhood of burned out mills; and nearby, the Depot renovation, and then as we focused on a NEW section of park called the “Mill Ruins, a flood of development began. The Guthrie bought into the vision and became a MCM neighbor….and the homeless shelters within the old mills became Million Dollar condos; the Federal Reserve became an important link in refurbishing the old Gateway, the Minneapolis Public Library popped up and further up-river, the Mpls Park and Rec relocated to a new building on West River Road and the rest is history.

And only then did focus return to East Bank…Water Power Park was built; then new shops, and Lund’s and condos and now the renovation of the Pillsbury A Mill and finally, attention is back on Father Hennepin and Pillsbury Park. And further north, the Grainbelt Brewery and its surrounds fed more development “Above the Falls” and when I left, we were revisiting what needs to be done in the NEXT 30 years!

I mention all this only as an example and inspiration for what CAN happen with the DMC if indeed we are open to all options and opportunities-which brings me in a circuitous route back to the current DMC plans.

Another Kudos to Megan Constans of Eyota for her Letter to the Editor yesterday: “Transportation Funding Needed to meet needs, attract young residents.”

I could not agree more! So far, I’m very impressed with DMC/EDC efforts, but I, too, expressed the same concerns at the DMC meeting Thursday night – not about transportation per se, but about the need to hear from the Millennials!

I was rightly reminded that although the Millennials do not necessarily have a physical presence at these sessions, they are engaged in the process through social media. Of course.

As an old Boomer, I am thinking it would benefit the DMC live audiences made up mostly of other old Boomers to hear what the Millennials think; some attending might even be jarred into the recognition of what the community will look like in 20 years. It will not be the gray-hairs of today that will be charged with making this all work – it will be that audience we may think of as “grand-children” and it would be wise to listen to their thoughts and needs.

Perhaps it would be beneficial to project the twitter feed and Facebook comments so the audience can benefit from their input. And ideally, we can figure out how we can encourage their physical presence.

After all these years of involvement on the peripheral of the renaissance in MSP on the riverfront, I have learned to appreciate and listen to the voice of the Millennials. Sometimes it was not “comfortable” but I try to listen before judging….most of the time!

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