State's first city teardown enforcer makes her mark in Edina

  • Article by: mary jane smetanka , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 20, 2013 - 9:59 PM

Firmness, fairness and the city code book are the tools of the trade.

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keaton12Jul. 20, 1311:20 PM

It is important to keep the city moving ahead and prevent it from becoming run down like the North side of town. It is unfortunate the houses are so big that replace the others. I saw people lighting fireworks in my neighbor hood. People want big houses but they forget you need to scale back activities designed for big lots. I was waiting for fireworks debris to set a house on fire.

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aarghmebuckoJul. 21, 13 1:09 AM

I didn't realize the north side of Edina was "run down".

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rvjesseJul. 21, 13 4:26 AM

Great idea by the city of Edina. Great idea by the city manager to raise the tear down fees to pay for the position. Very logical.

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swmnguyJul. 21, 13 6:20 AM

It's the age-old problem of balancing rights with responsibilities, and balancing one person's freedom to do something against another person's freedom from being affected by that action.

Doesn't matter where you are; somebody is going to push their rights too far and encroach on somebody else's rights, and refuse to see themselves as others see them or apply the same rules to themselves as they apply to others.

This is exactly why humans decided we needed government, over 5000 years ago.

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jimmnJul. 21, 13 7:27 AM

Current residents should be careful what they wish for. There are numerous reasons that tear down/replace is good, but the biggest is once you community starts to run down and no one wants to live there, the city will start to deteriorate. Just look at Detroit

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bullmoose99Jul. 21, 13 7:59 AM

Yes Edina is so similar to Detroit! They actually share the letters d,e, and a!

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redqidJul. 21, 13 8:25 AM

Hope Edina does something about generators on site. There was one site that had two huge noisy generators. The volume was awful.

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nihil55Jul. 21, 13 8:50 AM

I think the selection of a woman for the position was carefully planned (and a smart idea)...I believe both builders and residents will tend to be a little bit more restrained while voicing their opinions.

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atfateshandsJul. 21, 13 9:04 AM

What they should be doing is making sure these houses are not eyesores on the neighborhood. Most of these "McMansions" on the east side are well done, fit on the lot and you would never know there was even a tear down done. It's completely different on the West side. They build the most heinous, obnoxious houses they can jam into the lot. No front or back yard, the entire lot is just the house. Most stand out since they don't fit the architectural style of the neighborhood. In short, they're ruining the neighborhoods with their egos. The best example of this would be at the intersection of Parkwood road and Schaefer road. An old California rambler was torn down and what looks like a golf course clubhouse replaced it. A three story monstrosity.

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spruce1Jul. 21, 1310:08 AM

These new houses are proof of the old maxim "nothing exceeds like excess".

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