|A house on Broadway and Ilion that may be torn down as development comes along.|
|And the vacant lot immediately across the alley from this house, which is not part of the proposed development.|
Four and a half years ago, I was at a Hawthorne environment committee meeting, and the icebreaker was to say our name and the "greenest" thing we did that day. "I picked up trash around Farview Park," or "I recycled a pop bottle" were common introductions. When it was my turn, I said, "My name is Jeff, and today I had an offer accepted to purchase and rehab a home that would have otherwise been demolished." I think I won that round.
On April 1st, the Minneapolis City Council wasn't playing a joke when they adopted a ban on plastic bags that are ubiquitous at most retailers. They received a fair amount of criticism for taking up the issue in the immediate aftermath of the decision not to prosecute the officers involved in the shooting of Jamar Clark. Personally, I found the timing to be a bit tone-deaf, but I don't mind an elected body that can focus on more than one hot-button issue at a time.
|But if they ban plastic bags, how will I be able to use plastic bags to pick up the plastic bags that accumulate in my yar--ohhhh.|
I'm not entirely opposed to a plastic bag ban. I do use them occasionally, but would just be more conscious of taking tote bags with me if I must. But there are two main issues I have with this proposal...