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Re:Parking costs money, depresses business

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  • Karen Sandness
    Parking not only depresses business--it is just plain depressing. About twenty years ago, both Minneapolis and St. Paul decided to redevelop poorer areas of
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 3, 2010
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      Parking not only depresses business--it is just plain depressing.

      About twenty years ago, both Minneapolis and St. Paul decided to
      "redevelop" poorer areas of their cities by imposing suburban-like
      patterns on them in the form of big box stores surrounded by parking
      lots. Neither the big box stores nor the parking lots are well
      maintained, and the result is a barren and depressing landscape,
      especially in the winter, when the wind howls and walking across those
      parking lots is an exercise in endurance.

      Ironically, the remaining traditional brick buildings have been
      leased by Latino and African immigrants and present a lively selection
      of restaurants, ethnic markets, and storefronts for people engaged in
      skilled trades.

      In transit,
      Karen Sandness
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