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A Word on Cultural Sensitivity to the Affected Area…

June 26, 2016

Today was the Greenway Grand Opening. We’ll have more to say on that in a day or two, once we’ve had time to rest and recover a bit… but something needs to be addressed. It’s too appalling not to, and hey – the photo does most of the work for us.

Just two short days after the blazingly insensitive Tree Stump Fiasco (which were removed the same day), these stickers were being handed out as part of a Greenway Council – organized activity at the event:

Yes. In North Minneapolis.

In high crime rate North Minneapolis, where safety has been a #1 concern of those against the greenway.

In North Minneapolis, where resident concerns about safety were addressed LIKE THIS by a greenway proponent!

In North Minneapolis, just days after CHRISTMAS LIGHTING was installed “for safety”.

Much like tree stumps would be something far more innocuous in an area that hadn’t recently been hit by a tornado, I’m sure this bit of marketing material could be considered cute somewhere else, if perhaps a bit of poor taste.

But here?

City of Minneapolis employees (none of whom live here) were WEARING these stickers while parading up and down these streets that they are encroaching on.

Have a little empathy for the area, Greenway Council. If your partner companies are to be handing out marketing materials, perhaps check them first.

The fact that council members and city employees were sporting these was a huge slap in the face to all of us who have had our concerns for safety ignored and even ridiculed by council members.


Linda Koelman
June 26, 2016 at 11:51 pm

Show that to the woman who got jumped by SoLo the other night or the 80+ year old woman who got jumped and had her purse stolen, or any of the people who have been jumped for their cell phones on the north side. Yep – that’s real sensitivity.

Marge Cullen
June 27, 2016 at 1:50 am

The city council does not care what North Mpls goes through only downtown. I think it is wrong that all the council members have say so on this stupid project. If it happened on my block I would move and I know not everyone has that option. This city is getting worse and worse to live in. I plan on moving in a couple of years. Roseville or St. Anthony I am done. So tired of people that live in the Suburbs controlling Minneapolis such crap.

Joel Baird
June 27, 2016 at 2:23 am

Umm…both the Northside representative did vote for this project. Maybe time for new representation?

Chriss Reichow
June 27, 2016 at 2:32 am

This shows a complete lack of understanding about the realities of our neighborhood. Getting jumped in North Minneapolis is not a joke.

Phillip Murphy
June 27, 2016 at 5:28 am

Hard to imagine anyone connected to this celebration of the closing of irving could be so callous. ..

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