It was a familiar sight for Sarah Benning, the city’s solid waste compliance officer, when she turned the corner recently to an alley behind Sixth Avenue East in Duluth’s East Hillside neighborhood, an area she calls “one of the worst in the city” for violations of city code.
Tenants with problem backgrounds go hand-in-hand with bad rental properties — they need each other to survive. But that relationship means substandard housing for the tenants and blight — and sometimes crime — for the community.
While two Duluth city councilors are proposing to repeal the city's controversial 300-foot rule for new rental licenses, the city administration is introducing new legislation that in some ways could take its place.
We are here in part to celebrate the return of a true winter in northern Minnesota, where snow came early and often and snowmobilers have been in heaven. Some come north with their own snowmobiles, and others come to rent machines in Beaver Bay.
Across Duluth, too many motorists are leaving their cars “all over the grass and on the sidewalks,” as Duluth City Councilor Jim Stauber told the News Tribune editorial page last week.
, October 13, 2008
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