In mid-March, there was a brief but intense controversy when the Salvation Army proposed building a "live and work" facility in North Minneapolis. Residents of our neighborhood responded with a predictable lack of enthusiasm over this latest "concentrate all the poverty in North Minneapolis and call that development" development scheme.
The scheme, thankfully, appears dead.
However, out of the controversy and discussion came idea about an alternative plan to develop the Mereen Johnson property at 4401 Lyndale Avenue North...
Here is an account of what happened, which was forwarded to Johnny Northside. I am told this information has been shared on Facebook groups, but I'm making an attempt to disseminate it more widely.
A number of images were forwarded to me, showing the building as it is now (funny, I don't see any of the graffiti which the Salvation Army cited as evidence of the building being in a state of neglect) as well as a vision of what the building could be.
Here are the images: