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Aftermath in Minneapolis

It ain’t over until the corpse of Forage Lloyd claws its way out of his grave: American Digest correspondent Gordon Scott writes (with photographs):

Minneapolis is so wealthy, so full of well-paid people who will put up with a lot to be hip. That applies to the US as well. It can be badly run for a couple of decades before things start to approach Chicago/Detroit/Baltimore levels of decay. There’s just so much accumulated wealth to be burned through.

About 200 yards from the 3rd Precinct. Next door was Six Sigma, which manufactures specialty items for check printers. The owner is so disgusted he’s leaving the city. His plant was hit by arsonists in broad daylight.

Until a pandemic, and two riots, destroy the tax base.

Minneapolis’ Skyway ™ system connects the downtown like a web on the floor above the street. There’s at least a hundred food places in there. Shoe repair, buy a cell phone, dry cleaning. There’s still some high-end retail. The Walgreens on Nicollet Mall is two story (that Skyway connection) and has a fricking sushi bar. They have a little machine in the back. You turn the handle and money comes out. Yes, shoplifting was bad, but profits out of that store were amazing.

Pop-Up Pharmacy in Parking Lot

All of that is 15 percent of what it was in March.

The City of Minneapolis is dawdle-dee-ing along, pretending there’s no problem. They’re talking about oh, maybe one workday in two weeks being unpaid. That’s next year. They have done nothing for this fiscal year.

Oh, well, they have done something! The police department is down about 20 percent, as best I can tell. They can claim PTSD, and it’s an easy disability claim. Of course those claims are going to cost a fortune, but that’s another day, another pocket.

Gutted Pharmacy

What is really getting to residents–all residents–is the sheer lawlessness that has emerged since the May riots, after George Floyd killed himself with fentanyl. Cars do not stop at stop signs, sailing past at 30 mph. Street crime is off the charts. The police say, just give it up and hope they don’t shoot you.

Two are dead, four wounded within four blocks of my house since Wednesday. The four wounded were 100 yards up the street, at the drug house. It’s the second mass shooting there in a month.

Tent Grocery in Parking Lot

For downtown residents, it’s one thing to meet a black man in The Exchange, or in the office, or restaurant. It’s somewhat less vibrant to have one walk up to you as you walk to your condo. “Gimme cell phone and money, you fucking faggots,” lacks a certain je ne suis quois, non?

It starts to make that new high rise out in St. Louis Park seem more inviting. There’s good restaurants nearby, easy free parking and even a Costco. One can look at downtown, from a safe distance. And watch as the lights begin to go out, one by one.

Don’t forget the third riot. That’s the one that will happen when the police who arrested George Floyd are acquitted of murder.

[Editor: As for the second riot it went down just last week. Nothing like a fussilade of gunfire to clear the streets.]

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  • sharksauce August 31, 2020, 12:28 PM

    There was a lot in Minneapolis to like. Kinda hate knowing I might never go back there now.

  • ghostsniper August 31, 2020, 1:48 PM

    Gordon sed: “There’s just so much accumulated wealth to be burned through.”
    “Good times make soft hands, and heads.”
    –gs, 2099

  • Harry September 1, 2020, 9:53 AM

    “Don’t forget the third riot. That’s the one that will happen when the police who arrested George Floyd are acquitted of murder.”
    Acquitted, convicted, or something in-between, I don’t think it’s going to matter. There will be riots – just to remind us that they can.

  • CK Bigoldi September 1, 2020, 5:14 PM

    Oh Saint Goetz and Saint Breivik, hear our prayers

  • Snakepit Kansas September 1, 2020, 6:53 PM

    The minor consolation is that they continue to riot and burn liberal enclaves. I think Casey called it “shitting in your mess kit”. 50 years of voting democrat has not helped them. I don’t think some folks will ever learn even if they had Thomas Sowell crammed in their ears 24X7. When you think an area is at the bottom, well it can only get worse when the cops refuse to help those that won’t help themselves. Sold out for some Obama-phones, low rent housing, food stamps and empty promises. Only Divine Intervention can fix this.