Street changes at 50th & Xerxes anger local businesses

City plans to alter the intersection of 50th & Xerxes have been met with staunch opposition from local businesspeople, who are fearful removed parking could harm their stores.

Minneapolis Public Works plans to add a left-turn lane on Xerxes Avenue South for southbound cars heading east onto West 50th Street. To create space near the intersection, new no-parking signs were added along Xerxes Avenue near 50th Street the week of Oct. 25. The new no-parking areas amount to a loss of six on-street spots, three on the east side, near Loft Antiques and Don RaÚl, and three on the west side, in front of Hunt and Gather.

Several of the merchants, who organized a meeting about the change with Ward 13 Council Member Linea Palmisano on Oct. 28, said losing those spots will be a hardship.

“There’s not going to be small businesses anymore,” Hunt and Gather owner Kristi Stratton said.

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"Street changes at 50th & Xerxes anger local businesses"; By ANDREW HAZZARD; southwestjournal; Nov 4, 2019

Keywords: Neighbors, Developers