53.9% of the city turned out to vote in this election, higher than any municipal election since Minneapolis started keeping track in the 70s. Four years ago, turnout was 42.5%. Eight years ago, it was 33.4%.
Minneapolis has also added around 50k people to its population in the past decade. 144k total votes were cast, compared to 105k votes four years ago. All in all, it's clear that this was a totally different electorate than in past cycles.
To put this further into context, Jacob Frey got 26k 1st choice votes and 47k final round votes four years ago. This time, he got 62k 1st choice votes and 71k final round votes.
It's hard to say exactly who or what this surge in voters benefitted until we have more details, but the city really showed up.
At the Park Board meeting last night, they officially voted to lower speeds on parkways from 25 to 20 MPH. The rest of the agenda is here, and there should be a video of the full meeting posted on their YouTube channel in the coming days.
Three Washburn students earned a spot to compete in the cross country state tournament this weekend at St. Olaf. They'll join the entire Southwest boys team and two individuals from their girls team. (Twitter/Instagram)
Some cool details about the Alliance Housing development at 3301 Nicollet that broke ground last month: It will house 64 households (20 of which have formerly experienced homelessness), the Lyndale Neighborhood Association will use the building for its education program, and the construction was made possible with a combination of state, city, and county funding. It's scheduled to open in Winter 2022. All around a great project to see, and one we need more of. (Alliance Housing)
Southwest football player Charlie Boucher led the state in tackles and was invited to the Minnesota All-Star game at US Bank Stadium. (MN High School Hub)
The Met Council has applications open to join a couple committees. The deadline for the Transportation Advisory Board is November 8th and the Equity Advisory Committee is November 12th.
STUFF TO DO
The Walker is screening Portrait of Jason, a 1967 film about a hustler and nightclub performer named Jason Holliday, today through Friday. On Friday the film will be introduced by MCAD professor George Hoagland.
If you haven't already been, go check out the Highpoint Editions printmaking exhibit at Mia.