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

My Minnesota: Lincoln's connection to Minnesota

With Oscar attention paid to “Lincoln,” people might wonder how much of a connection there is between the revered president...

Updated: February 23, 2013, - 08:59 PM

Lileks: Minneapolis and the 2024 Olympics — thankfully not

Minneapolis will not bid for the 2024 Olympics, which sent many people to Wikipedia for a complete, exhaustive A-Z list...

Updated: February 23, 2013, - 03:06 PM

Lileks: Minneapolis residents say life is wonderful

Statistic of the week: 96 percent of Minneapolis residents are satisfied with city services.Someone in government might find this alarming...

Updated: February 21, 2013, - 08:17 PM

Lileks: It's nice, but official state poem? No dice

There's a movement to declare "Minnesota Blue" the official state poem. It was written in 1985 by a guy in Hawaii, but it's otherwise modern and local.

Updated: February 16, 2013, - 06:14 PM

Lileks: A quick course on negotiating a Minneapolis snow emergency

Every snow emergency is a chance to see how many newcomers we have. More than 655 cars towed? Welcome to your first winter.

Updated: February 14, 2013, - 08:20 PM

Lileks: Hennepin remake: Go with the Dough

There's a new plan to make Hennepin Avenue an arts and entertainment corridor, stretching from the barren Gateway to the lush jewel of Loring Park. Having read the proposal, and being somewhat suspicious of grand plans, I see one big problem: They're probably not starting tomorrow.

Updated: February 09, 2013, - 04:10 PM

Lileks: Without vibrant downtown, civic life of the entire city pays price

Let's say you don't work downtown or go downtown. Why should you care about downtown now, let alone what it's like in 2020?

Updated: February 07, 2013, - 07:46 PM

Lileks: A gritty little tale about our winter

If the universe had a mortgage -- say, fixed rate, 30 billion years -- I wouldn't have said that to my wife. Let me explain.

Updated: February 02, 2013, - 10:31 PM

Lileks: Know what time it is at the Supreme Court? It's tool time!

So I'm standing on Marshall Avenue in St. Paul during morning rush hour, the car in a snowbank, tire blown. The AAA guy can't get the wheel off, so he goes to the truck and brings back a block of wood.

Updated: January 31, 2013, - 08:42 PM

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

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