In downtown, new kids on the block

  • Article by: JIM BUCHTA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 18, 2011 - 4:40 PM

They pose a challenge for Minneapolis and its schools.

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gregoryjackJul. 16, 1110:36 PM

The real reason is people cannot move due to not being able to sell their condos. We finally had a baby because we would be ancient if we had to wait for this economy to come back. Now we are going to rent our place, take the monthly hit and move to a suburb. I have lived in the warehouse district for 11 years and this is by far the lousiest it has been as far as the late night bar crowd. Take it from someone who lives downtown with a baby - this is not the ideal place to be with a child.

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deprozJul. 17, 11 8:46 AM

My wife and I have raised our two teenaged girls in the downtown east neighborhood, right on Washington Avenue, and we love it. There are challenges but we feel it's well worth it. The girls learned to ride their bikes on the campus of the U of M at night and the theaters, museums, and parkways along the river have been their playgrounds. You can park your cars and drive less too. People are choosing to move into the city; this is a welcome trend.

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stoneageJul. 17, 11 8:50 AM

If Lisa Goodman is so interested in families moving downtown, why would she allow Catholic Charities to place a 335 bed, all male overnight shelter less than a block from a 100 unit condominium? Is it because she didn't want it close to her own dwelling? And this without any notice at all to the owners in the condo.

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stoneageJul. 17, 11 8:56 AM

"People are choosing to move into the city; this is a welcome trend."........I agree, and moved with the intent of staying and fostering this trend, but with actions like what I just described I am seriously thinking of relocating again. Absolutely myopic from a development or residential outlook!

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mnmonkeyboyJul. 17, 11 9:44 AM

Stone age....your are correct Lisa Goodman may possibly be the biggest bully Minneapolis has ever seen. She puts her own personal agenda ahead of the residents? Shameful.

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allstar919Jul. 17, 1110:12 AM

I half-agree with this comment about Catholic Charities. Downtown is very high value real estate. Can a charity really afford to pay the same as everyone else? Impossible. The government is providing immeasurable assistance. I welcome gentrification in Minneapolis as I have for the past 5 years living downtown. I also welcome better policing downtown commensurate with the outrageous amount of narcotics activity I see everyday. This city could be great for families if it got serious.

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ginny6Jul. 17, 1111:25 AM

Why are you people so afraid of poor people? Wall it off! Get them out of my sight! If that's your attitude, go live in an exurb.

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stoneageJul. 17, 11 1:09 PM

ginny6, I moved downtown knowing exactly what I was in for. I lived on the Northside and Crystal my entire life. But for a City to approve a project like that when they are also trying to redevelop the area from Lyndale/Glenwood to the West is idiotic. I bet Ryan Companies are super exited about it now! This affects the Twins stadium, the Farmers Market directly, and a huge complex of businesses and residents that NEVER got notice of the project. I think it is a sweetheart deal with a developer to buy up the existing buildings. CC is naive in their mission; warehousing people overnight just to set them free on the street at 8 AM with no support. The article was about kids moving downtown. How would you feel about relocating 12 level 3 sex offenders 300' from your front door? That is how many were registered at 1000 Currie last week and are being moved to the new facility. Got a response for that one?

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geckojayJul. 17, 11 3:04 PM

You couldn't pay me to live downtown let alone raise my kids there with the stench of methane gas in the air and homeless begging for money every block. Lets not forget the gangbangers and club kids out every night as well. This is NO place to raise a family, period. I worked downtown for over a decade, so it's not as if I dont know what its like. I dont miss it.

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allstar919Jul. 17, 11 3:07 PM

ginny6, Minneapolis is unique in its high tolerance for bad behavior and illicit drugs. I agree that suburbanites generally turn a blind eye to downtown, and cities in general, but Minneapolis can learn from other cities. I've talked to ex-cons here who marvel at how easy it is to deal drugs in Minneapolis -- "kid stuff" they say. New Yorkers wouldn't tolerate it, and as a result, their city has struck a much better balance of diversity and integration. Philadelphia is another great example. Poorer than us and much more diverse than us, Philadelphians won't tolerate the kind of stuff we live with. People are expected to behave themselves in most cities. People in the Twin Cities like their suburbs enough to ignore this problem, but I don't want to leave downtown.

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