North Side still pocked with vacant buildings

  • Article by: MAYA RAO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 21, 2012 - 8:56 AM

A year after a tornado, many North Side buildings remain vacant, posing a physical and emotional barrier to recovery.

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BruceBairdMay. 20, 12 5:23 AM

Am I mistaken that some local politicians took the opportunity last year to provide themselves with valuable photo opportunities during the days after the tornado? I am wondering if there will be some possibility of further political hay soon?

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ranger1873May. 20, 12 8:08 AM

At least they're building a stadium.

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sbuffalo45May. 20, 12 8:26 AM

This is what the occupy movement is all about. We must learn from the teachings of Frank Marshall Davis, and implement a plan of wealth redistribution from those who are more fortunate to those in need through social justice.

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bluejays6May. 20, 12 9:00 AM

My heart goes out these people; in a few minutes, their lives were torn apart, and what they had to face was so overwhelming. My older son and I went on one of the volunteer cleanup days, and were assigned to one of the streets in the article. I thought it would be a good experience for both him and me and it was. They were so appreciative of every single one of us. Some had a hole in their roof AND total destruction in their yard as well. So much to clean up; it was overwhelming for them, but manageable for the group to do without much effort. We couldn't repair roofs, but even cleaning up their yards was so appreciated, as was every smile, hug, and word of comfort we could give them. What cost us nothing gave them a lot: faith in their fellow man and HOPE. And we might have been rewarded even more than they were. I hope we don't forget these people; it can't all be put back to place in one year, and I hope more of these volunteer events are planned for this year, and anyone that can spare a few hours will go and help. I have trouble with my knee, so wasn't nearly as productive as some others, but it was very rewarding to do.

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plecksMay. 20, 12 9:56 AM

Next time buy the insurance.

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redwingrebelMay. 20, 1210:27 AM

I'm with plecks....I cannot ever fathom having your home uninsured and taking the risk of losing one of your biggest assets.

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nelsonerinMay. 20, 1211:41 AM

Insurance is no guarantee of getting a fair settlement for your repair costs. I know of owners that are facing demolition from the city on their non-repaired property because they are still trying to work out a fair settlement. Others have their insurance offering to buy them out instead of repairing the property...not fair to a owner that bought replacement cost coverage.

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rocketgirl1May. 20, 1211:57 AM

As Mayor Rybeck concerns himself with paying for a Vikings Stadium his northern neighborhood looks like a war zone. Gov Dayton's next item on his agenda? Hosting a superbowl?--that we taxpayers will pay for-and the players and owners will cash in on--billions in "relief checks" to m/billionaires...go figure. This state gets more ridiculous by the day. Guess this is what happens in a state-endorsed corp-ocracy---I am a third generation Minnesotan. I am disgusted with the dominate political parties in Minnesota. There will be a price we will all pay for these poor choices by our "elected" leaders. Hence: St Cloud and RON PAUL!

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janelle3May. 20, 12 1:42 PM

The article didn't mention the houses that were foreclosed and empty when the tornado hit. Good luck even finding out which bank owns them now. Also, it seems like maybe the city is being too fussy with how much they want fixed. These are older homes that probably had some problems to start with. The insurance companies only want to fix what the tornado damaged, not remodel the whole house. I'm all for redevelopment, but will the new homes be sold at a price people can afford, or will lower-income people be forced to leave.

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outaluckMay. 20, 12 1:58 PM

We (our church) went to do landscaping at a woman's shelter yesterday. The staff went to a bridal shower instead of helping and the residents sat around and watched. If I ever go again it will only be when the social workers and residents pick up a shovel and work side by side us. The lethargy and laziness of these people is sad, but not surprising since liberals have taught generation after generation they do not need to help themselves - someone else or their taxes will do it for them.

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