Central Corridor and the U: Clash of the Titans Of all the controversies facing the future Central Corridor light-rail line, a dispute with the University of Minnesota has received the most attention -- with good reason. Both the university and the Metropolitan Council are powerful public institutions, and their struggles to see eye to eye have complicated the state's largest ever public works project.3:35 p.m.
Central Corridor and the U: Clash of the Titans Of all the controversies facing the future Central Corridor light-rail line, a dispute with the University of Minnesota has received the most attention -- with good reason. Both the university and the Metropolitan Council are powerful public institutions, and their struggles to see eye to eye have complicated the state's largest ever public works project.5:35 p.m.
A community stares at itself Wing Young Huie wants Minnesotans to see their neighbors. For the next six months, hundreds of his photographs of people who live along University Avenue in St. Paul will be displayed in windows along that very street. Organizers expect The University Avenue Project to change the city.5:48 p.m.
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