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: Who doesn't give flu shots these days?

Time for the annual jab. The nurse loaded up the needle with anti-flu juice and asked: Which arm do you...

Updated: October 25, 2014, - 03:52 PM

Lileks: Survey says, er, hard to tell

In college I had a temp job as a survey taker, calling people at random and bothering them with questions....

Updated: October 23, 2014, - 11:53 PM

Lileks: The smelly curbside Bin of Virtue

Minneapolis’ experiment with organic recycling will go wider next year, and hurrah, I guess. As long as it’s not “recycling”...

Updated: October 18, 2014, - 03:08 PM

How history shaped the IDS tower in Minneapolis

A Minneapolis landmark for more than 40 years, the IDS is at once a bold stroke and a product of 20th-century architectural history.

Updated: October 18, 2014, - 06:16 AM

What was there before the IDS tower?

Everyone's used to the IDS Center -- but when was the last time you wondered what was there before?

Updated: October 17, 2014, - 02:07 PM

Lileks: Bold, brash, big building in Minneapolis? It'll never happen

The city of Minneapolis wants someone to build something on the Nicollet Hotel block. It’s been a big vacant ache...

Updated: October 16, 2014, - 11:03 PM

Lileks: MnDOT comes out against 'Good' roads. Sort of.

It’s been a good autumn so far. The lawns are green, the mums are bright and we amble toward Halloween...

Updated: October 11, 2014, - 09:35 PM

Lileks: Does it smell like smoke? Douse the toaster

Only you can prevent fires, Smokey the Bear said. This confused me as a kid: What am I supposed to...

Updated: October 09, 2014, - 10:31 PM

Lileks: Consider the stuff we used to dump down the drain

Note on the city of Minneapolis website: “Do you have hazardous waste sitting around your house? You can get rid...

Updated: October 04, 2014, - 04:56 PM

Lileks: Geez, how'd we lose that accent contest so quickly, there?

I grew up saying “Uff da,” and did so without irony or shame. We ate Swedish meatballs and said, “Uff...

Updated: October 02, 2014, - 11:26 PM

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