Regarding the article, "2040 plan is a test case in 'upzoning'" (April 28), I would caution city planners and elected officials from cities monitoring Minneapolis' passage of 2040 and the elimination of single-family home zoning that city residents are overwhelmingly opposed to this plan.
This staff-driven plan was a done deal from the start and resident comments, overflowing hearing rooms, and opposition were ignored. I know only one home owner who doesn't think this is a shocking betrayal of their support for the city.
Those opposed have been accused of racism and protecting their financial interests. The claims of racism were to stop opposition in its tracks and absolutely untrue. The claims of financial self-interest could be leveled at those supporting the plan.
Developers have been salivating over south Minneapolis and the lakes for the 20 years I've been a homeowner in the city. And the young people who praise the plan support it as their pathway to desirable Minneapolis neighborhoods. Both examples of financial self-interest.
I oppose the plan because I do not believe it will result in more affordable housing and this experiment in "progressivism" will ruin neighborhoods and our urban lakes. And now Minneapolis city employees are traveling around the country touting this plan. I am hopeful there are political repercussions for those who rammed this plan through and ignored community and taxpayer input.
If a common sense growth mayoral candidate is waiting in the wings, please, please come forward. I'm here to support you and think many others will too!
Letter-to-the-Editor StarTribune May 3, 2019
Nicole Y. Valentine email@example.com