Senseless destruction of a community.
By Richard Moorhead – 6/18/2020
A citywide survey conducted by the city of Minneapolis reveals that more than 700 buildings were either damaged, burned, or wholly destroyed in the riots that swept over the city following the death of George Floyd at the end of May.
A high resolution map reveals the location of every building damaged in the race riots. The destruction is spread widely throughout the city, although it’s most concentrated on Lake Street in the city’s downtown. Twelve buildings have been described as totally destroyed in the city’s report.
City authorities previously determined that more than $55 million in property damages had been inflicted upon the city through the riots. Democratic Mayor Jacob Frey has floated the idea of asking for a federal bailout to repair the damages from the riots, although it’s considered unlikely he’d succeed, having largely allowed the damages to occur when he failed to order a decisive police response to the riots.
Erik Hansen, director of economic policy and development for the city, highlighted the damages inflicted upon the community through the riots in a city report.
“This is not just the structures that have been impacted, it’s the community that’s been impacted, and if you take a look at where the destruction has happened, some of it is not because of the uprising, some of it is because people came into the community and tried to terrorize some neighborhoods and set buildings on fire.”
The significant damages to the city of Minneapolis remain a dark cloud from which the city may not recover. As leftists continue in a serious proposal to abolish the city’s police department and a sizable contingent of the city’s population begins looking to move elsewhere, the city may face a future of decline and blight.