Rock around the block

  • Article by: By KIM ODE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 30, 2012 - 3:15 PM

Block parties are a summer ritual, but some neighbors in south Minneapolis have taken neighborliness to another level, year-round, for generations.

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idrivefastJul. 30, 1211:54 PM

50th and Aldrich? Sorry, but I went to middle school and high school around there (being bused in from the actual South side), and that might as well be Edina. While I appreciate the sense of community those blocks of $350K+ houses (minimum) must share while they have potlucks and play volleyball together (probably at Lynhurst), excuse my smirk after reading this article and seeing the words "south Minneapolis" included in it. It ain't even close. Not by a long shot.

South Minneapolis is not 50th and Aldrich...that's Southwest. South Minneapolis is Longfellow. Seward. Cedar. Chicago. E. Lake. Minnehaha. It's neighborhoods with rental properties stationed next to homeowners, mixed demographics, fantastic food and faltering schools. Our annual block parties are full of people that typically care about their block, but are usually working too much to play volleyball together or fill in the 80 year old down the street on what they're missing from the internet. We're not Stepford Wives or Sarah Jessica Parkers. We're Norm from Cheers and John Goodman from Roxanne.

There are a lot of neighborhoods that encompass South Minneapolis, and 50 & Aldrich is not one of them. Sorry for the pedantic diatribe, but this article is an insult to anyone that grew up east of Tangletown and was surrounded with actual street crime as opposed to book clubs.

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monacoJul. 31, 1212:50 PM

To idrivefast: I live within a block of where that party took place. The volleyball tournament was held in a nice neighbor's yard. Instead of ripping my neighborhood to pieces, why don't you unite with your fellow urbanites? We have had a rash of garage break-ins lately, so your portrayal of our neighborhood as a crime free nirvana. And the very same people you are criticizing successfully squelched mobile drug dealing that was taking place on both Bryant and Aldrich Ave. When I first read the article, I thought it would bring out all of the city haters. But instead it brought out you, who apparently hates my part of the city but not yours.

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Earl2001Jul. 31, 12 1:04 PM

idrivefast, maybe you should drive fast out of your neighborhood and live somewhere more positive.

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drwrlhJul. 31, 12 2:12 PM

idrivefast: the article is about creating a sense of community through friendships and caring for others who live in the neighborhood. It's not about who has the most crime and still has time for a block party. You sound bitter!

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sambisselJul. 31, 12 2:16 PM

idrive, we had the same sort of atmocphere when we lived in S Mpls, down by the VA. If you really want cold and unfriendly, move to a smaller town. I really do miss Mpls and the Nokomis neighborhood.

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reggie4Jul. 31, 12 2:44 PM

idrivefast: Wondering how a portrayal of a close, friendly block is an "insult to anyone that grew up east of Tangletown." Perhaps if you concentrated a bit more on getting to know your neighbors, organized a few activities (I've heard there are people east of Tangletown who, shockingly, are in book clubs) and made a bit of an effort, there's be less street crime and less sour grapes. It can work in any neighborhood, not just affluent ones...

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dtmonkeyboyJul. 31, 12 4:33 PM

I grew up in South Minneapolis (near Nokomis) lived for awhile in Southwest -- just blocks from where this article took place and now live on the edge of downtown where the average income of my neighborhood is under $20,000....but it makes no difference. I've had good and bad neighbors in all three areas, but in each case the good far outweigh the bad. The sense of community living in the city simply can't be beat!

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