The Archives of Minneapolis Property Rights Action Committee

MPRAC meeting at Whittier Park in late 1990s left: Charlie Disney, Jim Swartwood, Mark Stenglein and others at front table right: a typical audience in those days

A civic duty (civicduty)

From a landlord's perspective, the political fault line runs not between landlords and tenants (who are their customers) but between landlords and predatory elements within local government.

Facing abuse from local government, most landlords try keep a low profile, hoping that they will not be singled out for further punishment. This only encourages the abusers. In Minneapolis, a group of inner-city landlords tried another approach: They picketed and protested and generally became a thorn in the side of the city administration. In the process, they changed public opinion. The payoff was that in 2001 the mayor and half of the City Council were defeated.

This web site is about the Minneapolis group: their tactics, history, and grievances that landlords had. It describes types of experiences which, perhaps for reasons of social class, pass under the radar of public attention and understanding. Click on the following to explore areas of interest:

Minneapolis landlord "horror stories" (horrorstories)

Property owners in St. Paul & their "horror stories" (stpaul)

Minneapolis landlord experiences predating MPRAC (predatingMPRAC)

History of Minneapolis Property Rights Action Committee (MPRAC) s

MPRAC - its issues & activities

What others have said of MPRAC

Articles written about housing

Media bias: Our "love-hate relationship" with the news media (mediabias)

Email Wars (emailwars)

A letter for former MPRAC members on the email list (lettertomembers) - a good introduction to this website and MPRAC's activities

Links to other web sites, landlord reports from other places

Recent legal cases involving landlords - Whitter Park