When Nicole Valentine and her husband left Washington for Minneapolis in 1997, they said they were thrilled about their adopted city. The couple were able to buy a single-family house in a nice neighborhood within the city limits, and sent all three of their children to Minneapolis public schools.
“The American Dream has always been to own a home and raise your kids in a house with a yard,” said Valentine, a stay-at-home mom who lives in the Linden Hills neighborhood.
Now, she said, she worries the character of her neighborhood will be ruined in a few years.
In a dramatic move aimed at addressing the city’s lack of affordable housing, the Minneapolis City Council in December approved a plan, which, among other things, effectively eliminates single-family zoning. Under the plan, called Minneapolis 2040, duplexes or triplexes are now welcomed on lots previously allowing just one home, with no requirement to add additional parking.
Valentine and many of her neighbors say it’s too much, too fast.
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"As cities rethink single-family zoning, traditional ideas of the American Dream are challenged"; by Haisten Willis and Jenn Ackerman; The Washington Post; June 27, 2019