Minneapolis needs population growth

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 7, 2013 - 11:00 PM

Minneapolis needs more people — more as an economic necessity than as a matter of civic pride. Here's how to make it happen.

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dtmonkeyboySep. 7, 13 5:29 PM

I moved from the suburbs to a downtown condo a decade ago to escape a long commute and a divorce. Not only do I have no regrets, it has been better than I could have imagined. I have so much cultural, sports and divining nearby that I rarely use my car. Contrary to perception, it is amazingly safe as long as you don't hang out drunk at 2am in the bar area. My neighbors are middle class young and old, some with kids, some with grandkids. They are bright, educated and work at interesting jobs...we are a community like the suburbs. We have beautiful Parks, playgrounds churches and great city services. I do pay more in taxes, but It is less per month then what I used to pay in gas. It is less per month then I used to pay a lawn service, and I save on cable because My family and I are too busy to watch it.

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supervon2Sep. 7, 13 5:50 PM

Why do people leave the city? Can you say high taxes and little in return? Crime? Mollycoddling of groups that promote crime? That's a good start.

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dr4golfSep. 7, 13 6:05 PM

Hopefully, the Dinkytown NIMBYs will read this, learn and accept the need for the increased density. Doran, and other developers, need to be held accountable for excellent design and architecture.

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FrankieSep. 7, 13 6:43 PM

Minneapolis needs new complete leadership and not the idiots that we got now. Five years I can see Detroitapolis.

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jweb1958Sep. 7, 13 6:43 PM

Lots of people like to live right in Minneapolis: empty-nesters, single people, gay people, trendy artists. The key demographic missing is adults with schoolage children who are not low-income, but who can't afford private schools or the upscale areas with tolerably good public schools. Minneapolis can do all the other wonderful things this editorial supports, but unless parents have confidence in the Minneapolis public schools, population will never increase to the level that city leaders want. I lost track 20 years ago of all the young couples who sneered at the suburbs, and who swore that they would never leave the city. They didn't leave - until their oldest child was ready for kindergarten. All their trendy feelings of superiority disappeared when faced with sending their kids to Minneapolis public schools.

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Mplsuptown1Sep. 7, 13 6:43 PM

Supervon2 I've never read anything positive by you for some reason. Apparently you really hate it here and I can't understand why you don't try and do something that you like instead of sullying everything with negativity. But hey if that's what you enjoy? I think one way Minneapolis could bring more people in to the city is allowing more carriage houses throughout the city. A couple big bonuses is extra money spent in the city, more taxes and eyes on alleys which could help to bring down the dwindling crime stats that supervon2 doesn't believe in. These carriage houses could also be used to house our elderly parents, increasing family support units or house our college kids who want to be on their own but can't really afford it. I hear there are a couple new big developments in the works for downtown that will transform the skyline significantly and bring more retail stores as well. Good things!! Positive thinking!!

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west336Sep. 7, 13 6:55 PM

Good article, and good ideas as well! The city growing by over 450K by 2025 should be a given at this point, considering there are over 10,000 units in the pipeline that will be added in Minneapolis alone.

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supervon2Sep. 7, 13 7:59 PM

Mplsuptown1-I was in Minneapolis for over 20 years until I found a close in suburb with police protection, manageable taxes and a government that holds expenses according to revenue. The streets are in good repair (they just repaved a major set of local streets) and the neighbors are well educated and family oriented. I liked Minneapolis even in the Keeywaydin neighborhood I could see everything going downhill. Even now when I pass through I see Minnehaha Parkway full of ruts from years of lack of maintenance. It never used to be that way and it should not be. Bad Government-period.

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raybeamSep. 7, 13 8:00 PM

We've raised our kids downtown. It's been great and the future was looking so rosy; Whole Foods and Izzy's Ice Cream, Central Corridor LRT, yay! Then this proposed billion dollar Vikings stadium sucked the life out of the party. I don't know anyone who is excited for it. Who would want to live next to that!?!

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cantey77Sep. 7, 13 9:16 PM

I just moved to Plymouth from Madison. We want to move to more energetic urban area, perhaps the Lake Calhoun/Uptown area. I call the western suburbs "East Fargo". All the cars, all the homes, all the people, and all their dogs look the same... Our biggest concern in moving to the city is the school system.

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