James Lileks

Columnist | Metro
Phone: 612-673-7858
James Lileks writes a metro column and is an anchor/producer for NewsBreak, the webcast on startribune.com. He also blogs under The Blog O'Things.

Recent content from James Lileks

Lileks: Sometimes a city gets a store that's actually … useful

There’s an old religious saying that brings comfort to many: Every time God closes a Walgreens, He opens a CVS....

Updated: April 25, 2015, - 03:39 PM

Show goes on for 200 Minnesota theaters designed by dynamic duo

Architects Jack Liebenberg and Seeman Kaplan designed so many Minnesota buildings that their contribution to our cities is almost unmeasurable. But it's the roughly 200 unique movie theaters they created that have left an extraordinary collection scattered on main streets across the state.

Updated: April 25, 2015, - 12:36 PM

Lileks: How to build the ultimate time capsule

It’s risky, writing in advance about something that’s supposed to happen Friday morning. It could go horribly wrong. It’s a...

Updated: April 23, 2015, - 07:50 PM

Lileks: Composting in Minneapolis apparently means bins every 10 feet

Lucky us: our house has been approved for Phase 2 of the organics recycling program. If I sign up now...

Updated: April 18, 2015, - 04:50 PM

Lileks: Repeal the 10 mph bike speed limit!

Discussions about bikes vs. cars eventually devolve into bitter shouting matches, so let’s just skip the preliminaries and get right...

Updated: April 16, 2015, - 11:22 PM

Lileks: Sorry, your walleye can't be found. Refresh / Cancel

The DNR has asked people to keep their drones at least 5 miles away from fires. I’m sorry, what? One...

Updated: April 11, 2015, - 06:54 PM

Old gas stations live on in new guises

Old gas stations frequently find new uses, but you can always tell what they once were. Gas stations look like nothing else, and no matter what you do to them, they look like gas stations.

Updated: April 11, 2015, - 06:28 AM

Lileks: Some suggested improvements for the Evil Dog Map

In the interests of public safety, Minneapolis has published online an astonishing database of criminals, complete with offenses and addresses....

Updated: April 09, 2015, - 09:22 PM

Lileks: Will we see municipal pot stores?

Richfield has decided to ban recreational marijuana shops. You may ask if they’ve also prohibited unicorn grooming and brothels with...

Updated: April 04, 2015, - 06:05 PM

Lileks: Our traffic is the worst (except that it's not)

Finally, some bad press for this glittering city. Finally, a story about Minneapolis that doesn’t declare it the Top City...

Updated: April 02, 2015, - 09:58 PM

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