Rybak links fate of city to North Side

  • Article by: MAYA RAO AND ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: April 12, 2012 - 12:40 PM

The city's future depends on getting "north Minneapolis right," the mayor said from the troubled area.

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jaynedrakeApr. 11, 1210:35 PM

There is one sure thing that would bring immediate help to the North side. That is, that the city would saturate that area with police and video cameras. The police would have a very heavy presence there for a long time. There would also be an early curfew seven nights a week, and parents arrested if their child was caught out after curfew began. Finally, why is it that Democratic mayors have presided for the last 40+ years in America's large cities, and the crime rate in those places has gone from bad to very bad(I am a life-long Democrat saying this, but not a Rybak type one)? Keep it up Mr. Mayor, and between you and former mayor Sayles Belton, you will go down in history as having lost Minneapolis.

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hoopdreams01Apr. 11, 1211:10 PM

I've lived in Minneapolis all my life. I agree with the general premise that the city cannot trully progress if the northside does not grow. However, I am dubious of what local government can actually do to make this happen. Business - particularly small business, is usually the real catalyst. From what I see, small, storefront business looks pretty marginal on Broadway, Lowry, Penn - almost all of the major streets over north. It basically looks like it did thirty years ago. Meanwhile, on the southside, Nicollet, Lake, Lyndale - even Franklin and Chicago, have undergone huge transformation, and are humming with activity. These businesses - many of which are immigrant-owned were started with personal savings and bank loans. Free enterprise. It is sad to see the northside lagging so badly, but pity and city handouts won't help. Money goes where it can make more money. Things have to change at street level, and that is never easy.

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mugsdilApr. 11, 1211:14 PM

What are you talking about, jaynedrake? Minneapolis has gotten a lot better since the mid 90's in many respects.

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scavengersApr. 12, 12 1:48 AM

While Rybak put so much attention and resources into north Minneapolis, he seems oblivious to the fact that the southside is going down the toilet. Decay has continued to creep slowly south, bringing with it crime and deterioration. Franklin Avenue, then to Lake street, 36th street and onto 42nd street. What used to be safe, clean decent neighborhoods are slowly rotting away with potholed streets, and run down houses. Just take a drive along 1st avenue from Lake Street into downtown and see it for yourself. Rybak clearly has no idea that while is used to be safe to walk the streets in that Lake/Lyndale areas you now have to look over your shoulder at night to keep from being mugged. You used to be able to take the dog for an evening walk along Minnehaha creek, but now have to walk in groups around Chicago or Cedar avenues to be safe. Yep. While Rybak, Johnson, and Samuels make plans to continue to pump millions into NoMi (which should really be called "Don't Kill mi"), the rest of the city decays and rots, and property values in what used to be the nice areas of the SW area decline. Thanks alot Rybak - you're just another politician. "When you're not kissing babies you're taken away their lollipops". You have lost my vote!!

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shootzApr. 12, 12 6:55 AM

Curious what if anything happens. Even petty crimes have ended in death over north. I would like to see strict curfew and truancy checks on young adults. Most recent crimes appear to be committed by younger adults. Noth side was better years ago. I don't even drive through it after dark now.

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ormaybenotApr. 12, 12 7:22 AM

From the article,--"[Minneapolis] can only grow if we get north Minneapolis right," Rybak told a room packed with elected officials and activists."/// Me--- Odd that there was so little publicity in advance of this event. I even subscibe to official and regular E-mail updates from the Mayor's office and it was not mentioned there as far as I know. Could it be that he wanted only "elected officials and activists"(his supporters), in attendance? See, there is a set cadence at these State of the City events: RT states a fact and the audience claps and cheers...Repeat-throughout... except when there are dissenting minds there and they sometimes BOO. I conclude that RT wouldn't want that 'activism' to spoil his lines and his followers funfest.

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wndwmkrApr. 12, 12 7:36 AM

.... and I thought the key to the city was a new Vikings stadium. Come on man!!

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beveryafraidApr. 12, 12 7:38 AM

Put your money where your mouth is, Rybak. It just so happens that a major building project is on the horizon, a so-called opportunity to invest in our city. (Hint: it will be used by grown-up men in tight purple costumes ramming into other men in green costumes.). Build it in North Minneapolis and maybe we'll take your dire "future of the city" blather seriously.

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mnmonkeyboyApr. 12, 12 7:51 AM

Although population is down from the high of 500,000, it is incorrect to say population growth will inrease the tax base. In fact the number of households in MPLS is at an all time high. Property taxes are based on the household and not the number of people living in that house.

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swunderlApr. 12, 12 8:34 AM

Hey, Rybak, easy way to fix the problem is just lay off some cops, fire a couple of firefighters, toss in couple of bike coordinators, three or four water fountains, a new stadium and the problem is solved. What's so hard about that?

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