Property owners wield the most power as Dinkytown neighborhood near U of Minn. faces changes

  • Article by: Marion Renault and Nicolas Hallett , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 19, 2013 - 11:05 AM

MINNEAPOLIS — When University of Minnesota students returned to campus this fall, half a block of Dinkytown was gone.

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travelistoNov. 18, 13 6:50 AM

I don't understand why so many people are afraid of change. Dinkytown has always been the slummy, cheap, collegebar district; now it has a chance to become something with more vitality. Maybe it will even become safer! Dinkytown 2.0 is definitely change I can believe in.

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stplooklistnNov. 18, 13 8:00 AM

Students are supposed to be poor. Maybe they shouldn't frequent any of the new, upscale stores. Save that money to pay off student loans.

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softelieNov. 18, 13 5:57 PM

I was a student at the U in the late 70's. Because of the sorry state of the housing stock around the U I had to walk 1.5 miles each way from north of Como Avenue to get to classes on the West Bank. It was the one thing nobody liked about the U. Ten years ago my oldest daughter decided to go to Madison because she thought the neighborhood around the U was gross. Now my youngest is considering the U and when we visited I couldn't believe all the new construction. This daughter actually thought the U was kind of cool. Before us aging baby boomers get all sentimental about the dump that was/is Dinkytown, ask a kid what they are looking for. I think you'd be hard pressed to find one that doesn't like what they are doing around the U.

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KristianaNov. 18, 1310:56 PM

There has got to be a balance between "cool" expensive housing for students, which at the rate it us put up, makes one wonder about quality, and the need to retain some character and preserve local businesses. Do we really want the U of M campus to have the bland non-appeal of an antiseptic suburban strip mall replete with cookie cutter chain stores? Well, maybe some do...but all I can say is... yuck.

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bluemocoNov. 19, 13 9:07 AM

Change is difficult. There are lots of us who fondly recall the Dinkytown of old, and we feel sad to see these neighborhood fixtures disappear... But 'softelie' raises a very good point - incoming students are going to look favorably on the new housing developments, and the changes will be a huge net benefit for the U of M. One of the longstanding complaints about the U of M has been its "Commuter Campus" feel. In my opinion, better housing stock around Dinkytown and Stadium Village greatly improves the U's community as a whole and will help to rid the U of its "Commuter Campus" stigma.

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KNov. 19, 13 2:26 PM

Where's the coverage of the most recent armed robberies where a guy held up people sitting on their porch? Even the Daily bothered to report it, although of course, no description of the robbers.

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jstraderNov. 20, 13 3:04 PM

By beef is that with all the new housing there is nothing being done (that I can see) to cure the new "supermarket desert" created by the recent demolition of the House of Hanson. For those living in the Dinkytown area, is is a long haul for groceries: 3 miles to a Rainbow 3.4 miles to a Cub 3.6 miles to a Byerly's 3.7 miles to a Lunds 4.2 miles to a Kowalski's Search for "supermarkets near 55455" and you get middle eastern delicatessans and that's about it. I guess once the LRT opens up, folks could hop it to shop at Midway, but still, if you're going to pack a neighborhood with people, you need to do more than supply apartments.

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