Twin Cities suburb growth becomes thing of the past

  • Article by: MARY JANE SMETANKA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 23, 2011 - 10:45 PM

An aging group of homeowners and fewer housing starts are said to be among the reasons why a record number of Twin Cities suburbs are reporting that their populations have declined.

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MellersMar. 23, 11 9:57 PM

I'm not as anti-suburb as some people I know, but cities rule for so many ammenity-reasons. My downtown St Paul building has a walkscore.com score of 98. My 3rd ring suburb childhood home had a walkscore of 8. The number of people who live downtown St Paul is estimated at 10,000 and growing.

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chiefwiggumMar. 23, 1110:05 PM

Boomers and Gen Xers bought into the suburb hype en masse. The coming generations want nothing to do with em, and for good reason. I'd rather die than live in a burb.

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klotzmMar. 23, 1110:27 PM

Lived downtown (Mpls), near-northside, far northside, Crystal & now Coon Rapids. Inner city is not for me...give me a lawn, backyard and a garage. Everyone has their own taste...I happen to like room between me & my neighbors. I fail to see why burb-dwellers are maligned...enlighten me.

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coldbikerMar. 23, 1110:28 PM

Stark said. "If you just sit back and let things happen on their own, you're going to keep losing population." Ummm, and that's bad how? And how can pop be dropping in all these places when the article on road congestion says to expect another 700,000 people in the Metro area?

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chiefwiggumMar. 23, 1110:30 PM

Mellers - I grew up in a brand spanking new subdivision in a burb too, and I'll never go back. In a future when we have to rely on our neighbors more, and likely live with much less petroleum, suburbia is not well suited to thrive. I love living in a place where I can walk or bike to anything I need to get to, and most of em are locally owned instead of generic chains!

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april24Mar. 23, 1110:33 PM

Sorry but not everybody can live in the city. Do you think Minneapolis and St. Paul could handle over 2 million people? "I'd rather die than live in a suburb" chiefwiggum says. Uh, okay dude. But by being so closed minded your hipster quotient just dropped by fifty percent. Cities and suburbs are both necessary. Personally, I think the housing trends are fascinating to observe.

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chiefwiggumMar. 23, 1110:35 PM

klotzm - its not so much the burb dwellers who are maligned, its the burbs themselves. Total automobile dependence, lack of unique character, little to no diversity, isolationism. None of those seem appealing to me. Some people I spose extrapolate what they picture suburban dwellers by those same characteristics, but I'd rather not judge people...just places.

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jstanthrnbrMar. 23, 1110:44 PM

Grew up in Minneanoplace. Loved those days. It changed and I moved SW. This story is not a trend, it is a reality. People can not afford to move. I would love to see the percentage of people leaving one area and moving to another. I also would love to see the rental market graph. This headline appears to be written by RT and Chris.

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deanoramMar. 23, 1110:46 PM

Funny, I've never HAD to go into the city for anything. Everything I need is within walking distance. There are already way too many people in the city. I have a friend who bought a trendy 250k 850sq ft condo in the city. When we helped him move in, somebody had to stay with the moving van. We were swarmed by bums and crackheads. I'll take the burbs any day of the week.

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chiefwiggumMar. 23, 1110:53 PM

jstanthrnbr - just out of curiosity, what changed about Mpls that prompted you to move? I've lived here for 6 years, and while its far from perfect, I've found it to be a lovely place to live (other than the late March snow and hail storms :( )

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