Petitioning to Change Duluth in 2016


What do people want to change about Duluth? Well, according to — as of 9 a.m. on Dec. 6 — 5,471 people want the University of Minnesota Duluth to save the American Indian grad program, 1,100 people want the city to stay the enforcement of parking violations targeting Duluth college students, 313 people want to stop harsh LED street lighting, 140 people want Duluth to pass a Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights, 13 people want a Trader Joe’s franchise to locate here and six people want to bring a Costco store to Duluth.

The top two petitions appear to have been successful. Daniel libke updated his petition on Sept. 21 with this simple statement: “The tenure track line for UMD’s MTAG program has been reinstated!!!”

The situation of parking violations targeting UMD students also appears resolved. The UMD Statesman reported on Nov. 14 the city of Duluth “has agreed to the petition’s request and will be staying enforcement until June 1” of fines to property owners with cars parked on front lawns or illegal parking pads so students can be aware of their parking situation when signing new leases.

A draft ordinance for a Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights is in the works and could be in front of Duluth’s Human Rights Commission as soon as January, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

Harsh lights and lack of Trader Joe’s and Costco will apparently have to wait.

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