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North Star Woolen Mill

The North Star Woolen Mill, now the North Star Lofts, is a building in downtown Minneapolis, United States. The building, located in the St. Anthony Falls Historic District, was a textile mill for the North Star Woolen Company; the mill was built in 1864 by W. W. Eastman and Paris Gibson on the west side of the west side canal. High quality wool blankets, scarves and yarns were manufactured at the facility and it became the nation's largest manufacturer of wool blankets by 1925. Entrepreneurs in the early days of Minneapolis had high hopes for developing a textile industry at the falls, similar to that of Lowell, Massachusetts. However, the industry never had as much success as hoped for because Minneapolis was a long distance from eastern markets and shipping centers; the North Star Woolen Mill was an exception, it remained a significant industry in Minneapolis until the 1940s. In 1949 the North Star Woolen Company moved its operations to Ohio. In the 1950s North Star Woolen mills was used as North Star Warehouse.

North Star Warehouse existed from the 1950s to the late 1970s and had multiple locations, the Portland Ave location being the primary location. The building sat empty until it was re-developed in 1998-99 into lofts; the building maintains its existing exterior including a sign reading "North Star Blankets". ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE CENTRAL MINNEAPOLIS RIVERFRONT north star lofts North Star Woolen Mill Company Company records, 1869-1941. Official site

Advocacy for Respect for Cyclists

Advocacy for Respect for Cyclists is a Toronto advocacy group formed in 1996. A group of cyclists felt a pressing need for an organization to advocate on behalf of the needs of cyclists after a period of time where two cyclists were killed by trucks and another two arrested on a Critical Mass ride. ARC was formed to lobby for a coroner's inquest and to help in the defense of the two cyclists arrested at Critical Mass, it has since expanded to provide support and legal advice to cyclists involved in accidents, to educate on cyclists' rights, to hold direct actions aimed at changing society's dependence on the automobile. In 1996, two cyclists were killed on the streets of Erin Krauser and Martha Kennedy. With calls from ARC and other activists, the City began a coroner's investigation. Along with representatives of Toronto Police, Ontario's Ministry of Transportation, the City of Toronto, the Toronto Transit Commission and the trucking industry, injury prevention professionals, ARC's volunteers sat on the committee to examine the conditions for the deaths of these cyclists.

The Coroner's report, titled A Report on Cycling Fatalities in Toronto 1986-1996: Recommendations for Reducing Cycling Injuries and Death was released in 1998. The points of the report that ARC felt were the most to reduce cyclists' injuries and death were revisions to the Highway Traffic Act, in particular that cyclists have the right of way over cars and pedestrians the right of way over cyclists. In 2003, ARC began producing a'report card' on the conditions for cyclists in Toronto, it graded the municipal government for efforts in improving cycling infrastructure. ARC's mission is: education on issues of cyclists' rights. Legal defense and advice for survivors of car-bike collisions, for cyclists unfairly charged with traffic offenses. Direct action and grassroots agitation directed at changing our society’s dependence on the automobile. Cycling in Toronto Toronto Bicycling Network Cycle Toronto Advocacy for Respect for Cyclists website 905 lagging in bike safety, advocates say Toronto Star, Sept 2, 2008