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: Something was different at this fire

The day after the pizza place burned, smoke still hung in the air as residents lamented the loss of a neighborhood fixture.

Updated: January 26, 2013, - 04:59 PM

Firefighters battle frigid temps, blaze at south Mpls. pizzeria

The fire involved a building near 54th Street and Lyndale Avenue S. that houses Diamond Lake Rental and Beek's Pizza.

Updated: January 24, 2013, - 11:19 PM

Lileks: Development puts an end to Dinkytown's small-town feel

About once a year I scold someone in a neighborhood I don't live in because they don't want something that wouldn't affect me at all. About time for another. This time the location is Dinkytown, the compact community by the U of M's East Bank, but the issue is the same everywhere: development vs. the residents.

Updated: January 24, 2013, - 11:04 PM

Lileks: When holiday lights talk back to you

Just so we're clear: If you take the lights down before I do, you're a holiday kill-joy. If you take them down later, you're lazy.

Updated: January 19, 2013, - 03:49 PM

All you need is an (ultra)sound reason to give up the cigs for good

The American Lung Association has given Minnesota a failing grade on its efforts to fight smoking.

Updated: January 18, 2013, - 03:56 PM

Warm memories of a hole in the ice

Let me get this straight, newcomers think. You people drive a big truck on the ice, drag out a house, cut holes in the floor and turn on a heater. So you can fish?

Updated: January 12, 2013, - 06:10 PM

Lileks: Resolved: Compromise is humanistic, principles ... bad

The annual New York Mills Think-Off, a Minnesota tradition that settles thorny philosophical issues by a town-hall vote, has announced its next topic: Is it better to stick to principles, or compromise?

Updated: January 10, 2013, - 09:00 PM

Lileks: Lessons from the Great Gusher of '13

Visited the scene of the Great Water Main Break of 2013 a day after the deluge, and aside from the blocked-off streets you couldn't tell anything had happened.

Updated: January 05, 2013, - 04:00 PM

Lileks: The closing of Macy's store in St. Paul is a sign of a deeper loss

The deal to keep Macy's in St. Paul expired on Dec. 31 at 11:59:59 p.m., and no doubt the company agonized over what to do next.

Updated: January 03, 2013, - 07:36 PM

Lileks: Let's take a look at year that's about to begin

Everyone else is giving you the Year in Review, which is easy. It takes skill and foresight to give you next year's Year in Review, today. Here is your look back at the year to come: 2013.

Updated: December 29, 2012, - 03:57 PM

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