Twin Cities communities must adapt to housing trend

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 8, 2013 - 10:10 AM

Minnetonka is one of several metro communities trying to adjust.

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basia2186Jun. 7, 13 7:37 PM

A waste of space. The editorial was much ado about nothing.

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FrankLJun. 7, 1310:46 PM

This is exactly why I would never trust one these developments where the houses are close together with lots of common open space. I can just see some future government saying that open land must be filled in to achieve some social goal.

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panktainterJun. 8, 13 9:44 AM

This campaign to urbanize the population is disturbing. Leave people alone and stop making laws and rules to force this on the population, and stop spending tax money on self-centered ideas.

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garagewineJun. 8, 13 1:07 PM

"But the revived housing market is coming back in unexpected ways: The appeal of the far-flung suburbs has faded, replaced by a pent-up desire to fill in the “blank spots” in established communities."---Umm, no. Actually, new construction, as documented in recent stories in the business section of this paper, is looking much like it did prior to the recession. Of course, you wouldn't get that looking at 2-year old data, which the carelessly composed blog post linked to in this article as "evidence" does.

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squeezemeJun. 8, 13 4:29 PM

"Some older residents with large holdings, hoping to supplement their retirements, have decided to subdivide their lots for new homes" As always, greed rules the day. It never ceases to amaze me how little people care about the character of their communities when they are about to leave or subdivide and cash out. Sure, they care while they live there. But when they want to leave or make some fast cash, they flip the bird to everyone who helped make the community an enjoyable place to live.

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supervon2Jun. 8, 13 6:03 PM

The writer has not driven out of town more than 10 miles to see the new houses being built north and south of the cities. The city lots, no matter where, are just too expensive. But, these writers are still enjoying their four story Stalin walk-ups in the home country.

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hjlazniJun. 9, 1311:00 AM

It is about good design. Unfortunately, government and the courts deal only with standards like feet and inches and area and volume required. I believe an individual or a group of good designers as government employees or an empowered task force could lead others to design most development to be desirable if they had the jurisdiction to do so. Government needs to be able to say, "I don't like the way that looks".

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garagewineJun. 9, 13 1:20 PM

"The 2010 census showed the Twin Cities following a national trend, with the outer metro counties losing growth momentum to counties at the urban core."---Hmm, let's consider that statement, shall we? Population growth, 2000-2010: Hennepin County 3.2%; Ramsey County -0.5%; Anoka County 11.0%; Dakota County 12.0%; Washington County; 18.4%; Carver County 29.7%; Wright County 38.6%; Scott County 45.2%. Uh oh.

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melloncollieJun. 10, 13 8:32 AM

More calls for social engineering. Leave us alone!

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