Cranes have become a prominent feature of the downtown Minneapolis skyline over the last few months. My neighborhood is now a hub of construction activity that includes the new Vikings stadium, the Downtown East development, and various apartment buildings. It’s good to see so much revitalization in downtown after several years of stagnation. Minneapolis has finally realized that you can either have a bustling city center or acres of surface parking lots, but not both.
But this new enthusiasm for density is accompanied by rapid gentrification. There are precious few affordable housing options in downtown and I doubt that will change anytime soon. I’m excited at the prospect of living a denser and more lively downtown, but I’d also like the opportunity to mingle with other people who aren’t white middle-class professionals.
Look, three blog entries in a row! This might become a habit if I’m not careful.