No love for the heart of the city

  • Article by: STEVE BERG
  • Updated: April 28, 2012 - 7:04 PM

Minneapolis and St. Paul are failing to grow, despite their thriving suburbs, while competitor towns like Seattle and Denver are booming along with their metro areas. Why?

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DufferHApr. 28, 12 7:17 PM

They are reaping what they sowed. And it's interesting that Berg in his listing of things the cities need to do grow didn't mention a key component of the problem -- taxes. And now Rybak wants the shrinking population to ante up even more funds for a wealthy New Jersey land baron.

jarlmnApr. 28, 12 7:50 PM

We already HAVE too much density ... between the ears of the city fathers who doggedly continue to champion urban-planning boondoggle after boondoggle, with an unflinching 1950's chamber-of-commerce mentality.

bjboydApr. 28, 12 8:03 PM

I read the headline on the front page and called up the commentary betting that I knew who the author was. I did. Good one, Steve.

minushumanApr. 28, 12 8:05 PM

Horrible housing conditions (old rundown buildings), parking, crime - those are the factors driving people to the suburbs... I enjoyed living in St Paul, but it's time to move on

mnmonkeyboyApr. 28, 12 8:12 PM

In every metro area in the country people love their central city even if they live in the suburbs. Only in minnesota do you see the suburbs working against the central cities. Minnesota has a HUGE bias against cities and republicans help fan the flames

spicebearApr. 28, 12 8:24 PM

The healthiest cities in the US got that way because of smart long-term planning AND by placing limits on suburban development. The TC Metro area has had no effective (EFFECTIVE) regional planning authority, almost no limits on growth and has reached the point where suburban political power/financial interests now trumps the rest of the state... It is unlikely that we can change our path now. Will economic forces do it??

marquetterApr. 28, 12 8:47 PM

Property taxes and sales taxes. Ask mpls why they cant attract and keep retail.

sabusakeApr. 28, 12 8:57 PM

i love living in the city, what makes it more attractive are unique restaurants and shops, not that chain BS you get in the suburbs...I guess if that's what people want, go ahead and live that cardboard cutout existence

merkinApr. 28, 12 9:08 PM

Can you imagine implementing most of these recommendations without the Republicans having a cardiac? Limit suburban development? Put in regulations to steer development? Light rail and street cars? I dare say their heads will explode at the mere thought of it!

merkinApr. 28, 12 9:11 PM

I've been to Orlando quite a bit and, quite frankly, most of the city and state can be described as...boring. Nice place to go in the winter for a few weeks, but I wouldn't want to live there. And it's certainly not a place the Cities should emulate.

Portland, on the other hand, is a different matter. Having spent a lot of time there too I can say they've done a heck of a good job fixing the place up, to the point where I plan to retire there. (There's plenty of snow up in the mountains if I really miss shoveling snow and slipping on the ice when I'm 80.)


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