I don’t recognize any of the PDD community in this trailer. Were we all out of town when this guy rolled his Airstream through Duluth?]]>
I learned a real appreciation for him as a humorist. His new book is here.]]>
In case you missed the lunar eclipse, here’s an abbreviated version with music.]]>
Lake Superior Zoo embarks on new ‘Zoo2You’ program
Bulldogs Like Good Food: a new group dedicated to finding good nutrition for UMD students
Left 4 Duluth: our Northshore tour through the zombie apocalypse
Hairspray cast learned valuable lesson about racism
The Hidden Love, a Storytelling Project short
Lake Voice News is a student-run publication focused on bridging the gap between UMD students and the Duluth community. You can reach us email@example.com.]]>
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Americans Rebels mixes feedback and smooth rock on The EP. Kyle Maclean and Scott Millis talk about the band’s forthcoming album. Click on the image above to hear the interview.]]>
I ask because I was posting about Tim Kaiser on FB, and noted that there were two Tim Kaisers on SoundCloud, and I wondered: what if there were a master list?]]>
Pushing my camera through the ice at Stoney Point a few days ago.]]>
Preferably not Schmitt. Please let there be another option.]]>
Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.
Tonight at UMD, Rachel Lloyd, author of “Girls Like Us,” talks about sex trafficking in America. This was rescheduled from an earlier date due to weather. Imagine that.
Live radio broadcasts are becoming quite the thing lately. Have you noticed? Take it With You premiers locally with a live show at The Underground on Tuesday.
Do you have junk in your trunk? Get it appraised at The Depot on Wednesday.
Trivia Mafia on Thursdays at Pizza Lucé joins the throng of live trivia games around the area, including Geeks Who Drink on Wednesdays at Red Star, Battle of the Sexes Trivia (also on Wednesdays) at Dubh Linn and the Pub Quiz at Carmody on Sundays.
Dessa graces the stage at the Rex on Friday.
Rubber Chicken continues its periodic series of live reads of movie scripts with a Live Read of A Night at the Opera featuring LOON‘s Sarah Lawrence and Cal Metts at The Underground on Saturday.
So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know.]]>
Let us not, however, confuse maintenance budgets and their funding with investment spending or neglect supplemental funding sources when casting judgement. That said, I commence.
In 1999 a mayor’s task force recommended a botanical conservatory at Bayfront. Among its other recommendations was a stormwater garden. More than ten years ago, a feasibility study was done, a Council resolution passed and DNR grant awarded to design the stormwater garden. Today there is neither hide nor hair of either project.
These citizen supported aims, to my knowledge, have not been budgeted or planned by the City of Duluth but they are arguably the cornerstones to the public and private regeneration of Bayfront.
Together with their supporters, two community-based organizations, the Bayfront Visions Group and the Sweetwater Alliance donated their time and expertise to these projects and persuaded us of the merits of these public spaces.
I don’t know what has become of those groups but they are exemplars of the “social capital” that Donn Larson boasted about in his editorial commentary in the Duluth News Tribune (30 Mar. 14).
Not only have the stormwater garden and botanical conservatory languished but the only public infrastructure improvement to have taken place in all this time is the rehabilitation of seawalls and bulkheads.
I am at great pains to see what the City has done to communicate a vision for Bayfront or lay the groundwork for its regeneration. The Small Area Plan, in practicable terms, lacks implementation and design criteria and the City seems indifferent to enforcing compliance with its twelve governing principles.
Against this historical backdrop, I have to question who is steering the redevelopment of Bayfront? My confidence was dealt a further blow when DEDA unanimously voted for a fifth time to grant an extension to Pier B Holding LLC to buy the other half of Pier B that lies between S 8th Av W and Slip Two from DEDA in order to build a hotel.
Does this sound like a fair and competitive market to you? What does it say to investors and property developers who are considering Duluth? Perhaps it’s a closed shop?
Moreover, how can the City of Duluth seriously court property developers to a site that for all intents and purposes looks like a vacant and derelict industrial site? This is a sloppy way of representing the city and gives the accurate impression that Duluth hasn’t done its homework.
A respectable hotel developer is not going to invest money in a location whose vicinity is uncertain, unprepared, unplanned and unkempt in a rezoned area of ex-industrial city waterfront without ironclad assurances and evidence of public investment.
Permitting any property developer to come in and erect a hotel on a pier amid an area that has not been master planned, not had new utilities installed, not had streets rebuilt, not had traffic circulation studied, not had quaysides built, not had public rights of way decided is inviting trouble.
You might say that DEDA has been working with a property developer but from my perspective it appears more like they are protecting the interests of a property developer.
Where are the investigative journalists? Are there any left in Duluth?
For DEDA to vote unanimously to grant a fifth extension to Pier B Holding for an option to buy its property is preposterous to me but not half as shocking as the absence of any public inquiry by the city council.
Three of the DEDA commissioners are city councillors, which makes their DEDA vote all the more befuddling.
Is it right that DEDA does not publish contact details for the commissioners in the way that city councillors have a City of Duluth email address?
I emailed a letter to each DEDA commissioner to ask them to rescind Pier B Holding’s option when it expires and not renew it. I explained my reasons. None acknowledged.
So while I won’t go as far as to suggest there is some kind of collusion between DEDA and Pier B Holding, one has to wonder if DEDA is conducting itself appropriately and if this is fair play.
As long as Pier B Holding retains the option to buy the DEDA parcel, they are blocking any other property developer from buying it.
Sounds like a Monopoly strategy but the currency is not Monopoly money, it’s yours.
Why has the City of Duluth’s Business and Economic Development Director, Mr Christopher Eng and Business Resource Manager, Ms Heidi Timm-Bijold backed Pier B Holding unreservedly?
Why is the City Council not questioning the ethics of these actions, the fiscal prudence of backing a questionable development scheme, questioning the suitability of Pier B Holding LLC as the developer of choice and questioning the city administration on its laissez-faire stance on planning issues?
Why are DEDA not interrogating Mr Sandy Hoff, a principal in the LLC for specific information? Who are the signatories on the term sheets, who are the local investors, what is in his business plan and where are the blueprints for the hotel?
If in fact the City is privy to this information then why is this not in the public domain?
There has been a lack of transparency throughout this saga. Perhaps the Duluth media have something to answer for in regard to this, as well.
Like shifting sands, the conceptual designs for Pier B Holding’s schemes have undergone radical transfigurations with each appeal to DEDA. Several revisions ago, they were going to transform the Lafarge cement silos into a hotel which later morphed into an exhibition space for the Leif Erikson ship.
The latest concept unveiled by Mr Hoff ignores the cement works altogether. So I am wondering how an imposing quad of cement silos that serve no function to the hotel are going to enhance the visitor experience. Their future, that most probably would entail demolition or major works to convert it, are going to be messy disturbances to a hospitality enterprise, don’t you think?
I was on board the original concept of adaptive re-use of the Lafarge cement silos and liked the rehab of a post-industrial waterfront feature that paid homage to the city’s history and adhered to an authentic motif that was site sensitive and aesthetic.
I drew the line at the unfathomable underwater car parking and disneyfied theme park that characterized earlier incantations presented by Mr Hoff.
I wonder if Pier B Holding had pursued a more realistic concept would commercial lenders have dived under their desks as Mr Hoff had put it across when he approached them for financing.
His latest proposal is at once an anodyne compromise to secure financing whatever the cost to his dream and ironically a baleful icon of everything that could go wrong for Bayfront.
Bayfront is the most precious piece of urban shoreline in Minnesota. It will someday be the new gateway to downtown. It requires master planning, design criteria, sense of place structures and cohesion.
If lessons have not been learned insofar as how things went wrong with Canal Park, then I fear Bayfront will just be an extension of the middling tourist attractions aimed at the out of towners without any allure to Duluthians.]]>
The woman seated in this photo is identified on the back as “Aunt Ella Jackman.” So, of course, inquiring minds want to know: Who was this Ella Jackman and what about the woman standing over her?
Here is the backside of this photo postcard:
Two business addresses are listed:
Post Card Shop, No. 7 Sixth St., Minneapolis, Minn.
Penny Arcade, 110 W. Superior St., Duluth, Minn.
The third iteration of the Geek Prom happened ten years ago at the Great Lakes Aquarium. As a publicity stunt, we decided to find out how many geeks we could cram into a Kia Rio. Answer: 21. The more important question, however, was: Could we make WDIO anchor Dennis Anderson lose his composure? Answer: Yes.]]>
As a result, then, I’ve been to too many public lectures lately. Before they blur into one, let me spin my thoughts:
1. Mike Clark gave a presentation at UWS last week that fascinated me as a teacher of public speaking. His presentation style was folksy, with the earthtone outfits and friendly, park-ranger style vest we might expect of a 21st-century naturalist. But the stories he told were stories of political power, of corporate and national interests in tension in Yellowstone as the park’s advocates fought to resist mining.
The talk addressed the ways that advocates for Yellowstone have dealt with threats inside and outside the park. One of the adjacent states, fearing that the federal government would seek to expand the borders of the park, clearcut all of the adjacent lands so that the park would have nowhere to expand into… Tragic… The lessons for resisting mining have lessons for northern Minnesota… Did anyone else attend, maybe, who had more insight into the analogies for our challenges?
2. The lecture series coordinated by the Department of Social Inquiry as part of their undergrad philosophy course in Teaching and Social Justice enabled me to listen to Kari Norgaard give a presentation on the same day as the Clark presentation. Norgaard’s work explores the role of emotion in shaping and conditioning responses to climate change in Norway.
The presentation was useful to me on two levels. First, as someone working with Wildwoods, her models for the social management of emotions will inflect the way I think about emotion in environmental education. Second, as someone who is desperate to move beyond Garrison Keillor’s models for the Norwegian bachelor farmer to explain my Minnesota neighbors, I found her work helpful in parsing my neighbors.
“Feeling rules and emotion norms tell us what we ought to feel—they prescribe the appropriate range, intensity, duration, and targets of feelings in different situations (Gordon 1990; Hochschild 1979, 1983; Thoits 1989). Unlike psychologists, sociologists of emotion describe emotion as deeply embedded in and reflective of both social structure and culture: “Many of the feelings people feel and the reasons they give for their feelings are social, structural, cultural, and relational in origin” (Denzin 1984:53). Emotion norms in Bygdaby (and Norway generally) emphasized the importance of maintaining control (beholde kontroll) and toughness (å være tøff )…”
…not too far from my Minnesotan friends? Are there Duluthian norms for emotion describable in this way?
3. I worked, myself, to bring Mariko Izumi to campus to talk about comfort women and the problems of making documentaries about this controversial, painful dimension of history. “Comfort women” were the victims of the sexual atrocities perpetrated by the Japanese imperial military during the Asia-Pacific War (1930-1945). Mariko explored the question: how do we create a space for articulating the unspeakable, that is, to render memories of suffering meaningful?
Mariko delivered the same presentation at UW-Superior the next day, a testament to the kinds of collaboration possible across state lines and campuses, thanks to the kind collaboration of Dr. LaChance Adams and Dr. Cheong Soon Gan.
Spring really is a remarkable time in Duluth.
Lectures I could not attend but would love to hear about:
Did anyone attend? Initial buzz was good, but not uncontroversial.
I’m not sure I’m disappointed I missed this one: The Creativity Conference brought “Creativity & New Brain Science featuring Jonah Lehrer and Dr. Martin Shapiro” to UMD. This event in the Sieur du Luht Conference series invited mixed feelings in me… Lehrer has a checkered past as a writer… Did anyone attend?
Michael Fedo will be reading from Zenith City, his new book, at 1pm on Monday, April 14 at Lake Superior College’s Erickson Library. Then, at 4pm, he will be reading at UMD Kirby Student Center 333 (on the part of the building that extends over Kirby Drive, near the Dining Center for the students who live in the dormitories.
Atina Diffley will be visiting UMD on Tuesday. The winner of the 2013 Minnesota Book Award, Diffley’s book, Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works, is a memoir chronicling her life and the story of the organic farm, Gardens of Eagan, that she and her husband, Martin, ran on the edge of the Twin Cities for many years. Diffley will have two public sessions during her April 15 visit:
• How to win the Minnesota Book Award (2 p.m. to 3:15, Bagley Outdoor Classroom, Bagley Nature Center): In this panel session, Diffley will be joined by Erik Anderson, regional trade editor from the University of Minnesota Press.
• Public reading, “Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works” (7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tweed Museum of Art, Lecture Room). Hope you can attend!
Saint Anyway delivers driving stompgrass. Tony Petersen talks about how the band is in the process of changing its sound. Click on the image above to hear the interview.]]>
“Wild Animals” Tracks
|1. Wild Animals
4. Are You Behind the Shining Star?
5. Silver Light
|6. Come Back Home
10. Nobody Knows
Other new albums by Duluth bands]]>
I believe that this is Garfield Ave. and Superior St. a relative once had a grocery store directly to the left of Garfield in the photo. I’m pretty sure it is the store with the canopy or the one to the right (west) of that one. Charles Atol was the “original?” owner then later Jimmy Atol. Any information would be appreciated.]]>