After May tornado, things brightening on North Side

  • Article by: RANDY FURST , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 20, 2012 - 12:29 AM

Yet major problems remain, especially poverty and unemployment.

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heykoolaidApr. 20, 12 7:12 AM

Maybe I don't understand this report...how was a tornado supposed to help the North Side with poverty and unemployment?

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mred58Apr. 20, 12 7:40 AM

all this showed me was that barb and her friends really dont care much about the north side.after one year block after block of nothing.sounds like if they can only move the poor and unemployed out.they can start to build with upper end homes and every thing would be ok.

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momae1Apr. 20, 12 7:49 AM

You mean to tell me all these people owned their home free and clear?! That's the only way that homeowner's insurance is optional. Any house that has a mortgage, the mortgage company mandates that insurance be on the property. No on cares that I HAVE to pay for insurance on my house and when it received storm damage no body assisted me. Oh ya, I'm just the working poor. Stop with the "poverty" excuse. No of us LIKE paying for insurance but it's the law on vehicles and it's a mortgage company requirement for a home.

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biggusdoggusApr. 20, 12 8:25 AM

Dear momae1, I live on the north side. I own my house free and clear. It's not really all that uncommon. Many of these homes have been in families for generations, in my case four.

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jsthappy2bhrApr. 20, 12 8:26 AM

money will magically apear soon to repair all these houses with no cost to the ownwers. it will get done because it has to, end of story, and some people know that and are not worried about it

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totaltruthApr. 20, 12 8:33 AM

""Yet major problems remain, especially poverty and unemployment""

Yup... poverty and unemployment are always a factor when you have a culture of people who prefer to sit back and wait for others to take care of their homes (as opposed to doing it themselves or having insurance)

And also who prefer government handouts as opposed to going out and finding any type of job....

The vast majority of problems in North Minneapolis have been created by the people who live there!!!!

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stcloudbearApr. 20, 12 8:38 AM

Where is the incentive to pay for homeowners insurance if the city, state, and federal governments are willing to pay for the repairs for the uninsured?

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nomisurvivorApr. 20, 1211:09 AM

The city needs to stop patting itself on the back for their BS "cooperation". Their actions following the tornado varied between incompetence, greed, and outright negligence. Barbara Johnson should be embarrassed for "The City", not extolling their non-existent virtues. To express any pride in any of it is flat out VULGAR.

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drposterApr. 20, 1211:28 AM

biggusdoggus - Congrats on home ownership. But the point is, if you value the house it should be insured. I still wonder where the mindset came from that if something bad happens to people others should be responsible for bailing them out. It's one thing to offer short term assistance following a disaster (Shelter, Food etc) an entirely different matter to then think that should extend to the rebuilding or repair of an individuals property.

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drposterApr. 20, 1211:43 AM

heykoolaid - Well that's easy. After the storm, and the reports of looting and damage to property, investors were supposed to line up and revitalize the neighborhood..

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