It has been three months since the death of George Floyd. And almost three months since the anarchists and “Black Lives Matter” radicals/extortionists laid waste to part of downtown Minneapolis.
So why has it, for the most part, stayed that way?
Here’s a large part of your answer, from Jeffrey Meitdrodt’s article for the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
In Minneapolis, on a desolate lot where Don Blyly’s bookstore stood before being destroyed in the May riots, two men finish their cigarettes and then walk through a dangerous landscape filled with slippery debris and sharp objects. The city won’t let Blyly haul away his wreckage without a permit, and he can’t get a contractor to tell him how much it will cost to rebuild the store until that happens.
In St. Paul, where Jim Stage’s pharmacy burned down during the same disturbances, crews have already removed the bricks and scorched timbers. A steel fence keeps out trespassers. Stage expects construction of his new Lloyd’s Pharmacy to begin later this month.
The main reason for the different recoveries is simple: Minneapolis requires owners to prepay the second half of their 2020 property taxes in order to obtain a demolition permit. St. Paul does not.
Brilliant. Tell business owners, whose businesses have been destroyed by the riots and who have no way of earning money from those businesses, that to even begin to rebuild them they have to fork over a tax pre-payment. PRE-payment.
My congratulations to Mayor Jacob Frey and his all-Democrat (except for one “Green Party” member) city council. If they want Minneapolis to stay in its current condition for as long as possible, that is a great way of making sure it happens.
As for the residents of the city?
Hey, you elected them. Congratulations on getting the one-party governance you wanted. Now, enjoy it.