Remember how the Minneapolis City Council, against the recommendation of its own committee vote, moved to allow a zoning change in the historic Dinkytown neighborhood that its fans said was just needed to get rid of a parking lot, but whose foes said would open the doors to Dinkytown’s small-scale, locally-owned character being crushed by megadevelopments filled with chain shops and owned by absentee landlords?
Guess what - we naysayers were right: “Unlike the earlier proposal from Opus, however, this would be built on Dinkytown’s more iconic 4th Street Southeast (between 13th and 14th Avenues). A staff report on the Doran Companies’ development says it would be a six-story, 70-unit building with ground-floor retail.”
It would take out locally-owned businesses like Mesa Pizza and Camdi Restaurant (quite possibly the best Vietnamese restaurant in the Twin Cities), and tower threateningly over Al’s Breakfast (which is the best breakfast spot in the Twin Cities).
City councilmember Diane Hofstede, one of the persons fighting hardest to save what’s left of Dinkytown from the developers, is pushing for a moratorium on new construction in the Dinkytown neighborhood. Maybe now people will listen to her.