1. The current plan will bulldoze our neighborhoods!
The Draft 2040 Comprehensive Plan changes zoning so single family homes, duplexes and triplexes can be demolished and replaced with fourplexes.
These buildings would fully fill the lot, front to back, side to side, and be at least 35 feet tall, overshadowing their neighbors’ homes and backyards. Developers could purchase two homes, combine the lots and build even larger buildings. Along transit corridors in neighborhoods, 15 to 20 story skyscrapers would be built. These changes would replace bungalows and duplexes with cheap and ugly modern buildings and destroy the charm and character of our neighborhoods. National corporations are increasingly owning these rental properties, replacing homeownership with market-rate rents and corporate profits. Learn more about how this plan will bulldoze our neighborhoods.
2. It will make our city less affordable!
Minneapolis is experiencing an affordable housing shortage. Proponents are arguing that demolishing low-value homes and building new housing will create new affordable housing. The reality is that new home costs are too high to produce new affordable housing without government subsidies. Unit costs for recent projects approved by the City’s 2017 Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) are $275,000 to $300,000 per unit. No private developer will be able to build housing cheaply enough to have rents low enough for our low-income residents. All new housing will be for middle and upper-class residents.
Who will benefit? Corporations. In 1992, 8% of rental property in the United States was owned by limited liability corporations. Today, 29% of rental housing is owned by corporations. They want to come into our community, buy our homes and turn them into rental property for corporate gain. Read more about why this plan will make housing less affordable.
3. It unfairly favors the young, able-bodied, childless, and well-to-do!
The draft 2040 Comprehensive Plan prioritizes biking, walking and transit usage over driving. While we support alternative forms of transportation, only about 4 percent of trips are taken by bike 5 percent by transit and 5 percent by walking. This plan unfairly pits groups against each other. Car users and bikers, elders and youth, able-bodied and physically challenged, elders and youth, childless and families.
In practical terms the City has been deliberately making it harder to drive. It has narrowed streets like 26th and 28th Streets, the Plymouth Avenue Bridge, The Franklin Avenue Bridge, Blaisdell Avenue and many other streets. Learn more about the troubled transportation policy in the draft plan.