Preserve Neighborhoods and Local Businesses Near Campus
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TL;DR: Tell decision-makers to preserve neighborhoods and local businesses near campus by strongly evaluating the need for more luxury apartments in Dinkytown, Stadium Village, etc.
If you would like to add to the discussion, attend our Affordable Housing Townhall on December 7th. RSVP at z.umn.edu/housingtownhall.
Over the last five years, the neighborhoods surrounding the University of Minnesota have seen a dramatic increase in the development of luxury apartments aimed at supplying housing to students, especially in Dinkytown and Stadium Village.
New developments have noticeably changed our beloved neighborhoods in such a short amount of time. These neighborhoods have been the focus of debate over how much new development should be allowed in an area of Minneapolis known for its old, quirky buildings and rich history. While development has occurred on the outskirts of neighborhoods, we now are seeing a movement toward the very core of our community.
Unfortunately, these new developments are prone to being increasingly unaffordable, in addition to negatively impacting the landscape of small, locally-owned businesses that collectively contribute to the unique charm of our community. Most recently, a 27-story apartment complex aimed at non-student residents began construction in Stadium Village and contributed to the closing of successful local businesses like Village Wok, Bun Mi, Espresso Expose, Big 10 Restaurant and others. As we continue to see small businesses removed to build student housing and bring in chain restaurants, we worry that the culture and history of these areas may be lost forever.
We encourage decision-makers in the community to consider whether there is real, measurable demand for new luxury housing proposals. More so, we ask those considering luxury housing developments and future proposals, to prioritize locally-owned and historic neighborhood businesses, which help our community thrive.
The neighborhoods near the University of Minnesota are embedded in the lives of the tens of thousands of students who spent weekends studying at Espresso Expose, the alumni who come back to recapture old memories of their days at the U, and the fans who head to the Stub & Herbs before the Gopher season opener. The entrepreneurs who started their first business on 4th Street, the artists who play guitar and paint outside Al’s Diner, and all the community members who chose to make these communities their home. We hope our neighborhoods continue to retain their unique character and style for the many generations to come.
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