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

Urban giants are pyramids of the prairie

Once abandoned, the utilitarian grain elevators dotting the Twin Cities landscape are difficult to retrofit. But tearing them all down seems wrong.

Updated: February 27, 2015, - 08:05 PM

Lileks: Safety at MOA, where the threat level is 'Be kinda aware'

As you’ve no doubt heard, some fellow keen on moving up to the top spot on the president’s drone-strike authorization...

Updated: February 26, 2015, - 09:30 PM

Lileks: Watch as our tolerance level drops to below zero

Go ahead, tell me this hasn’t happened to you:You had to run a late-night errand because you were perilously close...

Updated: February 21, 2015, - 04:00 PM

Lileks: Logo change can sure take the wind out of your sails

The City of Minneapolis has announced its new logo. Instead of two stylized sailboats, there will be just one. Some...

Updated: February 19, 2015, - 08:03 PM

James Lileks: The Mango mover was also THAT GUY

I have a horror of being That Guy Who Holds Up The Line. You know the type: the person in...

Updated: February 14, 2015, - 03:53 PM

Lileks: Dear fellow Powerball losers, count yourselves lucky

I walked up to a total stranger on Monday and said, “I have a poor grasp of probability, and believe...

Updated: February 12, 2015, - 08:17 PM

Lileks: Why do some people still have Christmas lights up?

Some Christmas lights in the neighborhood are still up. Let’s phone a neighbor and ask why.“What? The lights?” (Sigh.) “I...

Updated: February 07, 2015, - 04:02 PM

Streetscapes: Fast-food outlets are unloved, omnipresent

Do we expect good architecture from fast-food joints? Not any more. These ordinary buildings are the least-loved citizens of the streets — and for decades, they defined the look of our suburban drags.

Updated: February 06, 2015, - 07:35 PM

Lileks: Tear down that stadium before it's too late

Gov. Dayton — or Gov. Macy’s if you’re not living in the past — went after Wisconsin’s new tourism ad...

Updated: February 05, 2015, - 08:21 PM

Lileks: Kids will be kids, but bomb threats are inexcusable

It’s a strange thing to send your kid to school saying “You won’t get blown up.” If you’re wrong, they’ll...

Updated: January 31, 2015, - 04:30 PM

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