Editorial: By 2025, a bigger, livelier downtown Minneapolis

  • Article by: EDITORIAL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 14, 2011 - 12:42 AM

New Downtown Council plan builds on best business traditions.

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grizzly2011Dec. 14, 11 7:17 AM

There were 8 robberies and 4 aggravated assaults (especially brutal assaults) in downtown Minneapolis last week. No rapes downtown last week, but there was a rape the week before. Those are the violent crimes. There were also a few burglaries downtown and a bunch of thefts last week. Who in their right mind would want to live in the middle of that??? What do you do? Look out the living room window of your condo and say, "that's where someone got their head bashed in last week!" Search Yahoo.com for "minneapolis crime map" and you'll get a link to the Minneapolis Police Department crime maps webpage showing the locations and categories of violent and non-violent crime. Downtown is precinct 1. You want to live there? Not me.

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righteeeoooDec. 14, 1110:30 AM

Minneapolis could increase its population with all those socialist types who do not mind the crime... who do not mind the excessively high taxes.... who do not mind attracting the entitlement types from other states.... who do not mind excessive bureaucracy in its government...

But it definitely would be an area for all non-socialist types to avoid!!!!!

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mwallekDec. 14, 1110:37 AM

Even more exclusive than today? Wow, what a totally undesireable trend. I have lived in this city all my life and it never fails to amaze what out "leaders" think of as welcoming.

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northhillDec. 14, 1112:19 PM

The Downtown Council acts like the arrogant,provincal,insular city that Minneapolis was in 1959.We are a metro area,not just Minneapolis.I remember in 1962 when the Star Trib was on strike and Minneapolitans complained because they had no newspaper to read.All they had to was drive to over to St Paul and buy the Pioneer Press,but that was asking them to fly to Mars.All I read in your editorial is Minneapolis looking inward.Is all you want from the suburbs is to come sporting events and eat in restaurants and leave downtown as quickly as possible.I like Minneapolis;I love its parks,Lake Harriet popcorn,seeing sporting events and a lot more.I, however don't like what Minneapolis is becoming,unfriendly.

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ZombiehunterDec. 14, 11 4:36 PM

I'm in Minneapolis daily for work and often stick around afterwards for drinks, dinner, a play, or concert. I rarely even see a panhandler, so all this griping about it being unfriendly, socialism, and crime seems wildly out of place to me. I guess people have radically different experience here than I do.

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tbot2000Dec. 15, 11 6:29 AM

Couldn't agree with you more zombie! I lived in DT for 4 years. I worked on 7th and Henn, and lived by Loring Park. I walked the streets at all hours as I was a server.. never did I ever even once feel threatened. Not once. Actually, my wife and I plan to move back DT once our kids are out of the house. Can't beat it! As for the others here claiming DT is so dangerous - last I checked violence and murders happen in the suburbs all the time. Does that mean they're unsafe too? p.s. - we all pay for roads with our taxes, so I guess the burbs are an even bigger example of socialism at work..

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dacticianDec. 15, 1111:51 AM

By 2025 the city will look like Detroit if people keep electing Democrats. Hows that for progressive!

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effinheimerDec. 17, 11 7:34 AM

I was born and raised in the city and I applaud every aspect of this plan. In fact, I want to know how I can help make it happen.

Your fear of crime is far greater than the reality of crime. Your name-calling (socialists) is uncalled for. There's nothing "arrogant" about wanting to improve our surroundings, and suggesting that it would somehow make us look like "Detroit" is completely backward thinking.

Don't like the city? Stay in the suburbs! Why would you even bother to comment on this story?

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johnnyboiDec. 18, 11 4:12 PM

Love it!! Let's get some more people here, too. We can be the next Chicago... And in 50 years, I wouldn't be surprised if we were.

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