The city of Minneapolis inexplicably has kept a report from public view that would provide a win-win-win-win — for the East Phillips’ Urban Farm development, the city’s Water Works facility upgrade, the city’s climate goals, and the city taxpayer.
The report was leaked to the public, apparently some time last week.
The city’s Public Works Department issued a statement that the report was no more than “an informal, internally drafted report for contingency planning purposes only.”
Joe Vital, a South Minneapolis community organizer who backs the East Phillips Urban Farm project, said it was “disheartening” that the city suppressed the document.
It “puts into question transparency in this city,” he said. “If we are missing information at this level, it makes me wonder where else it exists?”
“It invites the question: Who is really steering this Hiawatha Expansion Project?”