David Peterson

Reporter | South Metro and Demographics
Phone: 952-746-3285
David Peterson covers Scott County; suburban growth and development issues in the metropolitan area in general; and demographics, including reports from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Recent content from David Peterson

April 20: New Prague farmers to face off with power line builders in court

Dave and Florence Minar want the 11-utility consortium that built an 800-mile line from South Dakota to pay not just for an easement to cross a 132-acre parcel of their farm, but to buy the whole operation — an acquisition that could cost up to $1 million for the land alone.

Updated: April 20, 2014, - 10:44 PM

Scott County's top staffer seeks bump in pay

Scott County’s top administrator is making less than two of his subordinates and deserves a raise, the board is being...

Updated: April 11, 2014, - 11:58 PM

Metropolitan Council's long-term parks plan goes after diversity

Faced with numbers showing that parks are underused by minorities and having spent millions to develop large parks in largely white suburbs, the Metropolitan Council is trying to prepare for continued increases in diversity as it forms its latest long-term plan.

Updated: April 08, 2014, - 11:35 PM

In Scott County, transportation sales tax proposal sets off intense debate

Some citizens are angry about what they see as a money grab. Others say it’s worthwhile for better roads.

Updated: April 08, 2014, - 02:03 PM

I-35 disruption in south metro to resume soon

The last gasp is coming up for a road project that has created misery in the southern suburbs.A major project...

Updated: April 05, 2014, - 01:49 PM

Twin Cities falls short in taming sprawl, but change is afoot

Once denounced as a cold Atlanta in terms of sprawl, the Twin Cities had more than twice as good a score as that Southern city. And the advocacy group Smart Growth America said there are signs here of better things to come.

Updated: April 02, 2014, - 07:12 AM

Rich and poor coexist in south metro area, Met Council says

Four affluent rural townships in Scott and Dakota counties form the southern ends of a pair of crescent-shaped Wealth Belts that encircle the inner Twin Cities like a pair of cupped hands.

Updated: April 01, 2014, - 02:24 PM

Drawn to urban areas, 100,000 more people call Twin Cities home

The suburbs, long the main driver of Twin Cities growth, have cooled off however.

Updated: March 27, 2014, - 09:12 AM

Scott County lays out transport needs, asks about tax

A new tax is being mulled to help fund roads, transit.

Updated: March 25, 2014, - 01:25 PM

March 23: Transit use hits historic levels in metro

There’s both pain and progress as the Twin Cities, like the nation, experiences a steep rise in the use of public transit. Nationally, transit use last year hit a level not seen since the mid-1950s and, locally, total metro area ridership has jumped by 6 million since 2007.

Updated: March 24, 2014, - 07:39 AM

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