Thursday, September 6, 2007

First Assignment: Fun Facts about Edina

The State of Minnesota plays host to a quiet little suburb called Edina thats attributes far surpass its size. Don't let its cliches fool you, while it has almost as many citizens as it's high school rival Eden Prarie, it's square milage is about 1/3 the size. Edina's accomplishments exceed its short name. According to the No Child Left Behind act endorsed by President Bush, Edina High School did not meet state education requirements in 2006. After testing in 2007, the high school outranked almost all of it's competitors in every subject, again ranking our high school students #1! Newcomers to Edina should also be aware of the neighborhood debates about expansion. The arguments are for and against expansion and keeping the suburb what it is and should be; a suburb. While debates range from street improvements and expansions to limiting the of number of stories a building can have, all forums are open to public attendance and participation is encouraged. Some of these issues include the thoroughfare 70th Street and building permits around the Southdale shopping area. The debate over 70th street includes the expansion of the street, increased speed limits and the demolition of some residences. The scoop on the building permits includes the new construction of a Hotel/Apartment/Shopping center across the street from the soon to open Super Target. The multi-functional building has been approved but did raise and continues to raise concerns about traffic flow, crime rate, and overall the kind of folk Edina will be welcoming to visit, stay, or shop in the near future. From the academics to the political battles waged, Edina is a welcoming place to all! Whether you're new to Edina or you have chosen to reside in our lavishly accomplished and politically adverse suburb we welcome you and hope you get involved, or else!