Edina really is an exceptional city, residents say

  • Article by: Mary Jane Smetanka , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 14, 2013 - 9:43 AM

But redevelopment creates tension for some.

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segavinAug. 14, 13 3:03 PM

It would be nice if all Edina residents could be within the Edina school district limits!

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frenkelAug. 14, 13 3:21 PM

I am not a statistician but a sampling of 400 out of 49,000 residents doesn't sound like a very large sampling. There is also no demographic info which might shed light on how and why people answer the questions. I wouldn't call this a very scientific survey.

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geno0007Aug. 14, 13 3:41 PM

Edina is a great city to raise kids I live there. They only thing that i have a concern with is The police in Edina are overly aggressive on simple traffic stop almost bordering on Gestaphoesque and Rude..( did i say Profiling) And Im a resident. I mean they lead the state in tickets issued.. Surely there is gotta be better way to raise revenue other than traffic stops All in All I enjoy living there!

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farmeretteAug. 14, 13 3:57 PM

We have lived in Edina nearly thirty years. Overall, we are pretty happy here. I think the schools are overrated; the population is highly skewed toward the wealthy and educated and test scores are bound to be elevated. The city is very slow to complete street repairs. I question the spending priorities. Why is Countryside Park being redone and why is it taking so long? Why do we not have sidewalks? Sidewalks make a neighborhood. But, the streets are plowed early and often!

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norgenorgeAug. 15, 13 6:23 AM

Lived here since '70's. Terrible at fixing potholes. Try the area between city hall & Jerry's Grocery & you'll see. Long-time police speed trap at bottom of hill on 50th going east between city hall & Wooddale is unfair to nonresidents. City is more & more intrusive into residents' lives. Overly-managed, except "anything goes" with regard to development that raises tax base (so, go ahead & tear down beautiful old houses & build monstrosities). I've participated in these studies. They arguably are designed to make city fathers & mothers feel good about themselves. A waste of $20,000 every two years but what's $20,000 in Edina? A simple complaint box would do the job....

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goldenmplsAug. 15, 1310:28 AM

Edina - 86.6% white - compared to 71% for all of Hennepin County - that's higher than North Dakota I believe.

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tocquevilleofedinaAug. 15, 13 6:43 PM

So 18% of the 25% of people who dislike residential redevelopment think new houses are too big. Does the 4.5% of resdents who think this way justify a picture of a new home with ridiculous monster house sign? Looks like street repair was the big gripe. Lazy, sensationalist journalism like this just stirs the pot and fails to serve the reader.

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april24Aug. 15, 13 9:56 PM

goldenmpls, what is your point? Because it's almost all white it's so wonderful? Hmmm...I guess that makes sense.

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residents1stAug. 16, 13 2:24 AM

I am a long time resident and a big fan of the Edina Police Dept (believe me when I say they take their duty to protect and serve seriously), but even I have to admit that Chief Long seems Orwellian in his use of traffic enforcement. I stay off the highways of Edina whenever possible and never use the main streets anymore. I've never been pulled over-- but the saturation of overzealous traffic patrol makes me uncomfortable. It is particularly annoying with the highways. Whether a non-resident is on 62, 100, 169, 212, or 494, they are going to spend no more than 4 minutes driving through Edina, and then only via the sunken trench of the highway. Why not let State Troopers take care of the highways so the EPD can increase patrols where crimes against people and property occur? I love Edina, but like any American town it needs to belong to the people and not feel like a police state.

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Zekeman10Aug. 16, 1311:36 PM

frenkel-you don't understand survey statistics, then. Decision Resources knows how to do surveys. 400 randomly selected households provides a statistically valid, random-sample with a 3-5% margin of error in 95 of 100 cases. If the survey were expanded to 800 randomly selected households, the margin of error would drop to 2-3%. Not worth the additional cost. Bill Morris of Decision Resources is a PhD, has taught at St. Thomas and the U of M, and has been in the survey business for 30+ years. The stats are legit, as are the survey results. You need to be able to wrap your mind around this and believe the stats are valid - which they are.

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