Minneapolis, St. Paul gain as growth shifts from burbs

  • Article by: DAVID PETERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 17, 2012 - 9:24 AM

Met Council's report suggests a reordering of spending priorities.

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freedomallJul. 16, 12 9:55 PM

Both cities are growing because of the high immigration/birth rate of concentrated Somali/Hmong populations.

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mnmonkeyboyJul. 16, 12 9:59 PM

In my opinion it isn't just the population that matters, but the actual number of households. The city is growing by leaps and bounds in terms of residences, but most of the growth is from singles or empty nesters -- which is why housing is booming even as population stays about the same.

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antisuburbsJul. 16, 1210:00 PM

WOW! 5,000 in one year??? Amazing turnaround!

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pompensteinJul. 16, 1210:07 PM

This story feels a bit premature. Give it 5-10 years. I hope the core cities see more growth. I remember the late 80s and early 90s were pretty tough times for Mpls and St. Paul. Lake Street area in particular was rough. No greenway, Midtown Market, and good Latin food then. It was mostly boarded up and very dangerous in areas. It's time that we re-invest in our large cities, and not let them rot like we have in the past 60 years.

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exrepublicanJul. 16, 1210:45 PM

For decades, American cities have been represented by boarded-up row houses, abandoned factories and warehouses, and crime. But today, new trends are changing the entire landscape: many cities are now filled with upscale condos and lofts, crime is way down in many (although not enough, yet) areas of many cities, and educated younger people are returning to the urban core to work, live and be entertained. At the same time, many suburbs--especially older, first-and-second-ring suburbs--are beginning to show their age, with run-down housing stock, and aging population, and more poverty and crime. This is a trend seen in many European cities (Paris, etc.) for the past couple decades, and it is happening more here now. A lot of people in the 50+ demographic cannot understand this, as they were raised with the mindset that anything suburban is good, clean, and safe--and anything city is bad, dirty, poor and dangerous. But slowly, the younger generation is changing all of this, whether grandma and grandpa understand it or not.

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wildfoxJul. 16, 1211:29 PM

I live in SW Mpls and homes rarely go for sale but recently when they do people from the burbs are buying them above asking price just to get back to the city. The reason they give are they moved to burbs 20 years ago to raise their children/schools. Most agree they should have just stayed in the city because the suburbia way of life where people were not accepting of cultural diversity made their life miserable. The reason they waited to come back was so they didn't need to take their kids out of school .... although now they wish they had. Welcome home to all the people coming back to the greatest city in the country ... Minneapolis!

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hoopdreams01Jul. 16, 1211:39 PM

I'm happy to see Mpls and St Paul growing again, but I agree that the present growth is likely singles and empty-nesters. We'll know things are really going well for the Twin Towns when there is growth in households with children, and a corresponding uptick in the public schools. I believe that this will happen as the cities continue to be a big lure for immigrant families and folks re-settling from other areas of the country. Many suburban residents enjoy their lifestyle so it is pointless to try to lure them in by making the cities more suburban - these efforts have failed in the past. Even with our economy struggling, this is an exciting time for the metro area. Light rail is going to have a positive impact in transportation, housing, and commercial development. Minneapolis and St Paul are very healthy and vibrant cities.

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halfabubbleJul. 16, 1211:57 PM

Not sure how this is possible since property taxes are through the roof in Minneapolis.

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figalertJul. 17, 1212:06 AM

Hmmm. Premature, maybe. But development in Minneapolis is on its way. I hope those moving back into town make their voices heard loud and clear on what they want with all that coming development. Seriously. Same goes for St. Paul. Active citizens make their cities what they want by PARTICIPATING in the planning process.

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chemnpJul. 17, 1212:12 AM

maybe people in belle plain are sick of applebees, mcdonalds, cookie-cutter homes, and streets that are unnecessarily winding and curved.

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