Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hawthorn Crossings--Your One Stop Open Air Drug Market





Now that MPD raided 3020 6th St. N., I don't really have as much to gripe about when it comes to open air drug markets.

Ha!!!!!!!!!!! Kidding. PSYCH!!!!!!!!!

It's time to start griping about Hawthorn Crossings, a strip mall on West Broadway Avenue. The...

...mall has US Bank as an "anchor tenant," and a McDonalds, a coin laundry, some kind of "dollar store" place. There is pretty much constant drug dealing in the parking lot...sometimes low-key, sometimes more blatant, but it's fairly constant. Sometimes groups of as many as a dozen n'er-do-wells just congregate and loiter, scratching their 'nads.

In researching this place, I see a lot of plans being thrown around in association with the revitalization of West Broadway. Well, yippy skippy. While we wait for utopia to arrive, for how long are we supposed to just passively tolerate this open air drug market? I've talked to a few other folks who say the same thing: they avoid this place because of the constant dealing.

If anybody has some nice close ups of the transactions taking place here...stuff taken with a telephoto lens...I'll be happy to publish those images. Really, that goes for all the drug dealing in North Minneapolis. If people send me pictures, I'll slap that stuff up on this blog.

3 comments:

Jeanie Hoholik said...

Nathanial wouldn't be too happy (as an author) that they spelled his name wrong. Where's the "e" at the end of Hawthorn? I hate that!

Johnny Northside said...

Perhaps they want to emphasize "thorns" more than classic American literature. Perhaps the "e" was stolen by crackheads because they didn't have enough money to buy a vowel.

But, yeah, I don't know why they dropped the "e." I could understand if the name was picked out of a hat, but it's in the HAWTHORNE (stomp stomp) neighborhood.

Jeff Skrenes said...

Speaking of misspelling "Hawthorn," guess where else this happened? The Insight commentary that bashed me and Samuels. More on that soon...