Alex Schieferdecker

Alex Schieferdecker is an urban planner specializing in design and transportation in Minneapolis. He's also a soccer obsessive, cookie enthusiast and cold weather apologist.


The bizarre 2040 plan ruling that could jeopardize all comprehensive planning

By: - January 20, 2023

In late 2018, a coalition of groups under the banner of “Smart Growth Minneapolis” filed a lawsuit attempting to block passage of the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The plan sought to support greater urban density, most famously by allowing triplexes in all residential zones citywide, and the plaintiffs argued that the 2040 plan should be […]


The New York Times reports the City Council’s efforts at police transformation have failed. That’s premature.

By: - October 2, 2020

A recent article and podcast in the New York Times reported that since a June pledge to “begin the process of ending the Police Department,” the City Council has failed to bring about change and even caused some members of the council who took the pledge to have second thoughts. Here’s a key section of […]