Walll Street Journal: A Florida study suggests new energy code can cut costs, but at a price. This is a topic worth noting because Minnesota will soon implement its new energy code.

New York Times: A fireplace ban could be coming to New York City to help clear the air. Literally. The proposal has sparked controversy and concern. Also, check this interesting analysis of the latest U.S. building permit data, which shows that apartment construction rather than single-family housing is dominating the recovery.

Star Tribune: There's high hopes that the new Green Line line rail transit station that will connect downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul will generate millions in new development, including housing. Check out my colleague, James Walsh's Sunday story. 

And in addition to my story about a turnaround in second-home sales across the country, my colleague, Kim Ode, has a thoughtful story about moving up north (Grand Marais, in this case) from two very different perspectives.

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