Community News Roundup
From February to October 2011, this monthly Twin Cities Runoff column surveyed over 30 community and ethnic newspapers published and distributed in the Twin Cities. Generally, included stories are directly related to community affairs in Minneapolis and St. Paul and of potential interest to residents of the whole metro area, rather than just a single neighborhood. In addition to some waxing rhapsodic about the Cities’ current affairs, I included items that reflect ongoing news and opinions, rather than profiles of local businesses or past community events.
The idea of hyperlocal news—or, what makes it potentially lucrative—is slightly different than the search engine friendliness and entertainment-positive content that has been chucked at us digital conquistadors for the past decade: hyperlocal news is news without cool, news that only screams to be recognized because it’s right in front of our faces, literally in our streets.
We’ve begun to realize how detrimental constant shifts in materials and trends, whether these be types of plastic or the buildings where we work. We long to become sustainable, so that we no longer have to witness the waste of continual building, but true “sustainability” requires a major shift in thought, and with every change we work for comes the inevitability of waste.
The summer has plateaued; all of July feels helpless. The state government shut down, and there was nothing any of us could do to stop it, and nothing any of us could do to fix it, and now no one is happy with the solution and it is all a big, awful knotted mess.
In preparation for the covert winterlong nesting process, we pick at our problems, molt away the unnecessary ones, and forget our habits entirely, only to wake up in the feathered haze of a daylong snowstorm that keeps us locked in and self-aware for the rest of the winter.
August 27, 2012 / Deborah Carver
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