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Minneapolis on edge ahead of Derek Chauvin trial

Photo Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Anik Rahman/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin over the killing of George Floyd is set to begin in just one week, and tension is palpable in many parts of the city.

What's happening: Barbed-wire fences, concrete barriers and plywood are fortifying city buildings and private towers downtown, as officials prepare for the possibility of large crowds and civil unrest.

Mar 1, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Minneapolis move to legalize triplexes shows little impact

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The Minneapolis 2040 plan legalized duplexes and triplexes just about anywhere in the city. But the overhaul resulted in the new construction of just 16 duplexes and four triplexes in 2020, the first full year of the new zoning rules.

By the numbers: 22 existing properties were also converted to duplexes and triplexes. Altogether, those "plexes" added about 70 new units of housing to a city of 420,000.