Writer for The College Fix and her story – she’s leaving MInneapolis – has gone fairly viral in recent days.

Minneapolis is my home. My happiest memories are here. It’s where I learned to ride a bike, had my first date, received my high school diploma.

But today, I’m too afraid to even walk in my neighborhood by myself.

The ACE Hardware down the street? The one that I used to bike to in the summer? Robbed twice in the past five days.

The Walgreens next to my elementary school? Molotov cocktail thrown into it.

The Lake Harriet Bandshell, where we spent countless Mother’s Days? Homeless encampment popped up next door.

These are the things you don’t read about in the news.

Ten minutes from my house, at 38th and Chicago, there is still an autonomous zone. Police are not allowed to enter. Residents have died because medical authorities couldn’t get through, and carjackers (of which there are MANY) will speed into the zone to escape officer pursuit.

Part of me says “chalk it up to perspective”. The writer – Gustavus student Grace Bureau – likely wasn’t born during MInnepolis’s last round of toxicity.

But it is different this time around. In the nineties, you not only got the impression from Norm Coleman, and even Sharon Sayles Belton, that this was not “the new normal” – that a tsunami of violent, gang crime was not the way it was supposed to be, something “good people” were supposed to suck it up and tolerate.

That’s entirely changed – as Bureau notes:

…I can’t help but look around and wonder, “What happened here? Where exactly did it all go wrong?”

Was it the liberal mob? Identity politics? The cries of “RACIST!” when someone disagreed with a particular reaction or policy?

Was it conservative silence as the loudest voices got more and more radical?

Was it our acceptance that “we live in a blue area, this is just the way things are?”

How did it all happen so fast?

Whatever it was, I’m leaving this dark, surreal, twisted version of Minneapolis on Friday. And I pray to God that I never have to come back.

If the story had a comment section – College Fix is smarter than that – it would no doubt te prog-clogged with chuckleheaded laughing boys saying “good riddance”.

I suspect Bureau, and the many like her, are saying the same.

17 thoughts on “Perspective

  1. It has been observed earlier, that she doesn’t say she’s leaving MN. Moving a few miles away isn’t going to fix her problems.

  2. This article has emboldened several others to share their stories.
    And, how funny that the new woke piss ants are saying good riddance, when only a couple of years ago, these same losers were critical of conservatives that encouraged people, particularly useless celebrities, that don’t like America, to leave.

  3. But, but noted nobel winner** Paul Krugman told me there were no riots. So confused!!

    **Bat sh*t crazy

  4. St.Peter isn’t perfect, but it strikes me that her move to college and a more normal town helped her see how messed up Minneapolis is, and how much worse it’s gotten in the past couple of years. A lot of people turn against their hometowns when they see “it doesn’t have to be this way”.

    What would be interesting would be to find out if she started out as a rare conservative in high school who would otherwise defend her hometown, or whether she started out as a standard issue liberal in the Mini Apple who turned against that when she saw what it leads to at Gustavus.

  5. I only lived in the twin cities for 30-ish years. Glad to have moved to Texas to escape the tyranny of Walz.

  6. Hey Loren, I’ve been living in TX over 5 years and enjoying every sweaty minute of it. Although this year so far had been uncharacteristically… wait for it… cold.

  7. I don’t know who he is, but Bill Glahn is one perceptive MFer. He once described how the previous “generation” of TC leaders wanted to create a downtown for the wealthy and the wanna act like they are. A sophisticated place of fun and frolic. The underlying presumption was that Mr and Mrs Swenson could walk safely from the Guthrie to their swell digs on the river.

    The new generation (the present Mpls council) openly disdains these plans and actively works against them. They don’t want a safe metro. Commies ruin everything they touch.

  8. A random observation.

    When a black criminal gets waxed by a cop while in the commission of a crime, the local fauna come crawlin’ out of the weeds and *everyone* saw everything. “Got hit awl on my sail foam!”

    Flash back a 10 years; when some hood rat would roll up to a porch party, and mow down 5-6 of his enemies, and maybe a couple kids on the lawn? Cops would show up, the area swarming with people, and none of them “saw nuffins, officer.”

    Where were all those Obama sail foams?

  9. Which explains why Minneapolis housing prices continue to skyrocket.

    Go figure.

    I guess people who are bidding wildly against each other for a house, feel that whatever happens won’t happen to them..

    Otherwise, how can one explain step on poop town ( San Francisco )……soon to be named Saint George Floyd.

  10. I agree with JDM. Back in the 80s Minneapolis was a bad town, once you got away from the wealthy neighborhoods. I lived in an apartment across from Mister Luckies, a bar where the native american serial killer Billy Blaze used to pick up prostis for a little hatchet work. You couldn’t walk anywhere barefoot because you might step on a needle. Murders were up (as they are now) and population was down.
    But the people running the city, elected and unelected, knew that their was a problem & knew how to save it.
    The current council and its BLM advisers aren’t interested in improving or saving anything.

  11. The current council and its BLM advisors aren’t interested in improving or saving anything. They are only concerned with fighting to get their hands on the cord that rings the bell as the train goes over the cliff.

  12. Alpha News is reporting Andy Apliskowski has been named as MN Exec Director.

    That’s a major fuck up.

    Andy’s not a bad guy; I know him personally, but he’s a closeted Libertarian. This is not gonna end well.

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  14. Pete.

    I share your concern about Andy, but, I think that like most libertarians that I know well, he is probably so ticked off at what the Dems are doing, he is leaning more towards conservatism on a daily basis. I guess time will tell.

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