Minneapolis panel rejects Hennepin County social services hub

  • Article by: RANDY FURST , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 17, 2012 - 10:55 PM

Minneapolis council committee says no to Hennepin County plan.

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london100Jan. 17, 1210:00 PM

Seriously? The new MPLS School District headquarters is already there. They are to offer community programs as well. Why the backlash from the community?

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stoneageJan. 17, 1210:56 PM

Where were Samuels and Goodman when they stuck a 385 bed male homeless facility across the street from a thriving condo without any notification?

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jbpaperJan. 18, 1212:10 AM

"But neighborhood groups fiercely oppose it, saying it undermines the city's plan to turn West Broadway into a bustling street of retail stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Instead, they said, the project will draw thousands of poor people to the block, cementing West Broadway's image as a poverty-ridden area." ----- Good luck with that. New buildings don't clean up an area, the people that live there have to clean it up.

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smallmrktJan. 18, 12 1:38 AM

The neighborhood organizations are living in a fantasy world. First off, their reactions betray the fact that their community is ALREADY a center of poverty, in fact the most concentrated area of poverty in the Twin Cities metro area. Secondly, West Broadway, in addition to being the future home of the MPLS public school district HQ, is currently a haven for non-profits that exist for the poor minority citizens in the area. Just what retailer, restaurant or coffee shop is banging down the door to set up shop there? Get real. There is nowhere near enough wealth in North Minneapolis to sustain 'bustling' businesses on West Broadway. People certainly won't be making the trip there from other neighborhoods either. I receive the 4th Precinct police department 'Highlights'. The amount of crime and violence in that area is sickening. The absolute best thing to do is either go all-in with organizations that actually can accomplish something towards reducing poverty, crime and illiteracy (instead of the legions of past and present wasteful non-profits that have drained goodwill foundation money for 30 years), OR start up the bulldozers and start tearing down every blighted business and home in the area, to be replaced by facilities that people actually will be willing to invest in, to create the thriving area that everybody says they want in North Minneapolis. Fantasy? No more than saying we don't want to attract poor people to West Broadway. Let's finally face it: if anything is ever going to get done, it will take the will and resources of the whole metro area to accomplish it, not just the Samuels/Ackerberg/CPED/HennepinCo gang.

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nonsuberJan. 18, 12 6:12 AM

Randy, Nobody who spoke to the council said anything about "poor" people. Those are your words. The Northside has a long standing record of embracing services to the disadvantaged. What were addressed were adverse impacts that a placement of these facilities at this location using public funds would cause to established plans and zoning, traffic, parking, neighborhoods, and crime.

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xtpdmnJan. 18, 12 6:29 AM

I think those of you reacting negatively to the neighborhoods' resistance fail to understand a couple of elements. The first of which is the fact that the neighborhoods do not believe their aren't problems to solve or that a service site in N. Minneapolis is a bad idea. They do. Without doubt they do. However, they do not believe that locating the Hennepin Co. social services building in that location is the best way to fix the problems. Secondly, this was a decision being imposed on the neighborhood with practically zero input from the neighborhood residents. Let's use an analogy: If you need a new refrigerator, you'd hate it if Sears came and installed it in your bathroom while you were at work.

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jerryaldiniJan. 18, 12 7:30 AM

Does it concern anyone here that a private developer seems to be the only mouthpiece for this plan? (I like it when elected officials give the appearance of driving the bus when it comes to public policy.)

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loudog2k57Jan. 18, 12 7:55 AM

Unless you live in the neighborhood you will not understand. Outside looking in people. There are people in this community that care do about their property. It's just an access to tax payers money. Make them work for it, take a bus downtown.

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ephrakerJan. 18, 12 8:58 AM

Someone actually wants to invest in the North Side bringing employment, a tax base, positive role models and employees who will spend in the community, how dare they?! It is incredibly ironic that the North Side is discriminating against the undesirable poor people on public assistance with the help of 'community activists'. Look inward my friends. This singular event is indicative of the utter lack of coherent thought which is at the heart of the North Sides immeasurable problems. Disgusting and unforgivable.

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mongoose32Jan. 18, 1210:33 AM

Strange times we live in, huh? We have millionaires saying "Yes, the rich should pay more in taxes. Just make sure the people you tax are richer than me." Meanwhile, we have poor people saying "We're trying to improve our neighborhood's image, here. Don't bring more poor people." Strange times, indeed.

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