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James Warden (Editor) January 21, 2014 at 11:04 am
Joe, maybe you know this already but Hopkins actually tried to go that route until it was stymied byRead More the courts. Hopkins created a TIF district in 2005 to redevelop a swathe of Mainstreet between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, also called “Block 64.” Doran-Pratt came in a few years later, after the initial developer fell through, and proposed building a 254-unit luxury apartment complex with 13,000 square feet of retail space. The city embarked on condemnation proceedings against Hopkins Park Plaza and Mainstreet USA in 2008. Hopkins Park Plaza challenged the legitimacy of the TIF district. In October 2010, the Minnesota Court of Appeals found Hopkins failed to meet the legal standards for finding that the properties were “structurally substandard.” Since the city couldn’t establish the TIF district, it couldn’t seize the property. Cities have been asking the Legislature since that court decision to clarify the condemnation rules. However, eminent domain for economic development has been hugely unpopular since the 2008 SCOTUS case Kelo vs. City of New London (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelo_v._City_of_New_London). The court ruled that governments can take property from one private owner and transfer it to another private owner for the sake of economic development. But in response, there was a huge backlash against such transfers. Minnesota was one of many states that changed its laws to restrict New London-type initiatives. The new law didn't impact the original Hopkins case since it came afterward, but it would affect any eminent domain actions in the future. So we've got a conflict between people — like Mike B. — who want government to have broad powers to dictate private development and others — also like Mike B. — who want government to be as small as possible. That's a tough paradox to resolve.
Ramona DeGraw January 21, 2014 at 04:29 pm
Not everyone that lives in this particular apartment complex is a gang member nor section8 fodder.Read More Really?
Mike B. January 21, 2014 at 06:19 pm
You are correct, Ramona. Not everyone who lives in the complex is a gang member nor section 8.Read More That's what makes it difficult for the hard-working, law-abiding people who do live there.
Mike B. January 22, 2014 at 06:35 pm
The Star Tribune identified the occupants of both vehicles. Another gang attack.
Mike B. January 8, 2014 at 05:40 pm
It's ironic that Mark Andrew was attacked by vicious thugs, the same vicious thugs who are enabledRead More by the ultra-liberal, anti -aw enforcement positions Andrew has taken in the past. Andrew, Mike Freeman, and the cast of Democrat liberals are opposed to every sensible law, such as "Stand your Ground" and "Three Strikes and You're out" to protect law abiding citizens. These laws are effective in Texas, Florida, and other Southern states that are rightly fed up with the ultra-liberals
Eric Anondson December 6, 2013 at 07:59 am
Maybe the next Patch neighborhood map can be which cities had these priests?
Mike B. December 9, 2013 at 03:28 pm
Archbishop Nienstedt has been vigorous in cleaning up this problem, and making sure thatRead More homosexuals/pedophiles do not enter the ministry. The problem probably amounts to .1% of the priests who have served the diocese over the past fifty years, but the liberal media would like you to think it's half the priests. The Minneapolis Red Star and the hack attorney Jeff Anderson are of course on a vendetta against the Catholic Church.
Joseph December 11, 2013 at 06:24 am
I see Mike B is one of those that will walk into a post office and dismiss the public enemy display.Read More A Ramsey County District Court has ruled Nienstedt and Winona bishop Quinn most produce their secret files on serial child abuser Fr. Adamson -- The courts order demands Public Nuisance #1 [Archdiocese] and Public Nuisance #2 [Winona] will now be the conversation in every Minnesota post office.
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Mike B. November 25, 2013 at 04:44 pm
The liberal media have tried their darndest to cover up these knockout games. The reason? Simple!Read More In most instances, these vicious attacks are black-on-white hate crimes. If the liberal media can't blame a problem on President Bush, they won't report it.