Larry LaVercombe
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I met Robert Everest on a beautiful Thursday evening in Linden Hills last month.  He’d just finished singing an exquisite bolero for the diners and dog walkers, and then he piqued my … more
You’ve heard, I’m sure, about the court ruling and the decision by the National Association of Realtors: Buyer’s agents will no longer receive a “standardized” 2.7% … more
So the guy says, “Government’s job is to build the roads. Our city built this ‘bold and transformational’ bike-friendly project, and they managed to forget you might need to a … more
When I heard that Dial Tone was having an album release party at The Cedar Cultural, I was like, “What? Didn’t these kids just meet? How can they have an album already? And how can they … more
This question rose again in my latest meeting with two prospective buyers: “When is the housing market going to calm down?” “It seems like it’s been crazy for three years … more
“Throughout the country and across the globe, a new type of street band movement is emerging — outrageous and inclusive, brass and brash, percussive and persuasive — reclaiming … more
Interest rates were 3% in August of 2021; today, it’s hard to find a rate below 7%.   To a lot of people, that is the whole story. The thinking goes like this:    … more
“Four years ago, I realized we needed a model for an urban CSA,” says Craig Neal, founder and chief gardener of the Neighborhood Sponsored Garden (NSG) located in a backyard on Beard Ave. … more
I think about energy a lot. I wonder: How much energy does it take to bark!? I mean, it kind of looks like it would take a lot of energy, if I were to suddenly yell that loud and urgently. . . I … more
I cannot recall in my lifetime having more instances of friends telling me: “You have to go see the Walker Exhibit.” Word on the street was, “Oh my god, it’s fantastic.” … more
What is more lovely and fun than live vocals and guitars and horns and EVERYTHING on a mildly muggy Minnesota evening at Lake Harriet? Oh, my. If you were there – wasn’t that fun? And if … more
In the spring of 2020, when the social distancing mandate was putting restaurants and shops out of business and driving the rest of us nuts, a team of friends pulled together to create a wonderful … more
Twenty years ago, in Minnesota’s 2002 Gubernatorial Election, Republican Tim Pawlenty was elected governor of our state with only 44% of the vote. Minnesota’s progressive/liberal vote was … more
Two neighborhood musical entrepreneurs are hosting a showcase for teens on Friday, March 24, 5-7p.m. at Jones Coffee (5008 Xerxes Ave. S. location).What is a “neighborhood entrepreneur?” … more
In flight and bookending our Sonoma County vacation, where we enjoyed winding wine-country roads, redwood forests, and sunbathing seals at the mouth of the Russian River, I watched three … more
“We’re playing all originals tonight,” said band leader Terry Walsh as he ripped into another of his audience’ favorites. “I mean, since we’re celebrating Dan … more
It’s Monday the 7th, and I’m writing the first section of this column the day before The Election. I’ll write the second half on Nov. 9...  PART ONE I’ve finally … more
The most frequently asked question I get about real estate is some version of this: “Are we in a real estate bubble? When are prices going to start dropping in our … more
I was not surprised to receive a lot of response to my last column, which among other things, included these sentiments:   “Once you have drunk the Republican Kool-Aid, you seem to … more
Without an obstructionist Republican megaphone, these hearings are both coherent and revealing – nothing like what you get when one party is doing everything they can to obscure any progress or … more
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