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Horror Stories: What Minneapolis Landlords Experienced in the 1990s and beyond Each variety of the city's innovative ways to acquire property without paying for it (horrorstories) 1402 words Included in the Summary Page section

What St. Paul property owners experienced after 2000 Property owner 'horror stories' & striking back against the incumbent city administration (stpaul) 116 words Included in the Summary Page section

MPRAC History Some important activities and events in the group's last ten years (history) 745 words plus 4 images Included in the Summary Page section

MPRAC Issues and Activities What type of organization is it and what issues does it embrace? (issues&activities) 2231 words plus 1 image Included in the Summary Page section

What others have said about Minneapolis Property Rights Action Committee Newspaper articles and letters from public officials (othersaid) 1662 words Included in the Summary Page section

Articles on Housing Issues Everything from affordable housing to blaming buildings for crime (articles) 259 words plus 1 image Included in the Summary Page section

Our Love/ Hate Relationship with the Media "Can't live with them, can't live without them" (mediabias) 280 words Included in the Summary Page section

Email Wars Postings on the E-Democracy Forums in Minneapolis and St. Paul (emailwars) 93 words Included in the Summary Page section

Links to other web sites, landlord reports from other places Is MPRAC alone in fighting City Hall? (links) 10 words Included in the Summary Page section

 

Minneapolis Landlord Horror Stories

House is condemned while paraplegic tenant is in the hospital City takes house by eminent domain and pays Sam Czaplewski one dollar (czaplewski1) 1672 words Included in the Horror Stories section (March 1997)

Floyd Ruggles forfeits apartment building after spending $100,000 to fix it up City simply refuses to accept his tax payment (ruggles1) 1012 words Included in the Horror Stories section (June 1996)

A religious nonprofit tries to take Jim Wu’s property Minnesota’s “nuisance law”applied to landlord who failed to control vagrants (wu1) 1514 words Included in the Horror Stories section (March 1997)

Dave Sundberg meets block clubs, Joe Biernat, and attorneys wanting to acquire his property through eminent domain Removal of a plumbing fixture worth $3.50 leads to condemnation of a Northside manion (sundberg1) 2630 words Included in the Horror Stories section (Nov. 1996)

The Short, Sad Story of a House at 3330 Chicago Ave. S. in Minneapolis Block club refuses to consider full-basement waiver and the city demolishes Sundberg's house (sundberg2) 1687 words Included in the Horror Stories section (Sept. 1999)

The lawsuit from Hell: Rey and Pat Mattson are charged with racial discrimination Tenant is awarded half a million dollars for injuries from alleged use of the "n-word” (mattson1) 3005 words Included in the Horror Stories section (Aug. 2000)

Revocation of Russ Erkkila's Rental License Minneapolis city council votes to revoke rental license of landlord who spent $100,000 to fix up inner-city property (erkkila) 1846 words Included in the Horror Stories section (Oct. 1998)

Am I a Slumlord? Yes, my car fits the image but I am conscientious. (condemnation) 6319 words Included in the Horror Stories section (March 1995)

Neighborhood group and police press city to condemn William McGaughey's apartment building Community policing isn't what it's cracked up to be (communitypolicing1) 3265 words Included in the Horror Stories section (April 1995)

Drug Dealers and Arson A day after Vietnam veteran vacates apartment, someone breaks in and sets his belonging on fire (arson1) 1321 words plus 3 images Included in the Horror Stories section (April 2003)

Steve Meldahl's Purchase of a Duplex at 414 23rd Avenue North in Minneapolis Using bogus renovation estimates, the city pushes to demolish this property (meldahl) 972 words Included in the Horror Stories section (1999?)

Report by an Undercover Agent on use of the Chapter 249 List Neighborhood vultures hover over properties they hope to acquire for nothing (chapter249) 1039 words Included in the Horror Stories section (Dec. 1995)

Travails of a housing-management entrepreneur Neighborhood block clubs and police give would-be crime-fighter the runaround (housingentrepreneur) 1782 words Included in the Horror Stories section (2004?)

Frank Trisko's Experience with the City Inspectors give him a second rental-license inspection and public housing hustles his clients on price (trisko) 1225 words Included in the Horror Stories section (Nov. 1996)

The Moral of the Story (based on Charlie Disney's Experiences as a Minneapolis Landlord) Three ways that government is failing private-sector landlords (disneyexperience) 1045 words Included in the Horror Stories section (Nov. 1996)

The City of Minneapolis goes after Uncle Bill's Food Market Uncle Bill's Food Market is condemned by the city after being denounced by the owner of an adjacent building, an abandoned church, who is former president of the Minneapolis City Council. She had offered to buy the store lease but wanted more time to develop her plans. (unclebill) 2542 words Included in the Horror Stories section (May 2007)

Don Samuels closes down Big Stop and Wafana grocery stores - Calling them "inconvenience stores", the Fifth Ward representative on the Minneapolis City Council puts pressure on the city's licensing department to revoke the grocery-store licenses of two stores in north Minneapolis that serve predominantly poor neighborhoods in the city. After new owners put more than $100,000 into renovating the business, city government suddenly forces them to close. Victory is then claimed in the fight against street crime. (conveniencestores) 713 words Included in the Horror Stories section (May 2007)

Minneapolis Housing Inspectors Again Terrorize Hawthorne: A Tour Around the Block - Minneapolis homeowner, Dyna Sluyter, a resident of Hawthorne neighborhood, tells subscribers to Minneapolis e-democracy forum about city inspectors placing unreasonable burdens on homeowners when tax values are plummeting and the area is becoming depopulated. (sluyter) 658 words (May 2009)

Recollection of the Bad Old Days in Minneapolis (ca. 1980) - When the Minneapolis City Council, led by Brian Coyle, waged war on landlords who did not make political contributions. (badolddays) 882 words (Jan. 2010)

The City of Minneapolis forces Porky’s restaurant on Central Avenue to close. It did not have a concrete wall in back of the lot as required by a City Council motion that was never voted upon. (porkys) 2525 words (June 2010)

How a Minneapolis neighborhood association killed business development on its main corridor Its board voted against a request to support a variance that would allow a vacant building to be leased. (HNArejection) 985 words (December 2010)

When the rental-license inspector comes calling An experience with targeted Inpsections enforcement. (Azmoudeh) 3979 words (September 2011)

Heartless! The Minneapolis Inspections department goes after Ron Folger and his tenants (ronfolger) 1217 words (December 2011)

The smoking gun: Minneapolis city officials reveal their hidden agenda Innovative and Creative Ways to Acquire Property (smokinggun) 934 words plus 2 images Included in the Horror Stories section (1991/2001)

Minneapolis' Newly Formed "Problem Properties" Unit A city memo explaining the unit and the resources it will absorb (ppunit) 481 words plus 1 image Included in the Horror Stories section (2005?)

 

St. Paul Inspections Abuse

Betty Speaker is evicted while hooked up to dialysis machine Elderly St. Paul homeowner endlessly harassed by city housing inspector (speaker1) 772 words Included in the St. Paul Inspections Abuse section (Aug. 2005)

Nancy Osterman loses her home after refusing to become a drug informant for the St. Paul police City housing inspector gives her an offer to sell that she shouldn't have refused (osterman1) 4141 words Included in the St. Paul Inspections Abuse section (March 2006)

A Single Mother's Testimony Mother of five tells how St. Paul inspectors cited her for every conceivable reason (lund) 927 words Included in the St. Paul Inspections Abuse section (Aug. 2005)

St. Paul tries to close down Diva's bar: the complaint Inept police blame the bar for two shootings, loud music, and after-hours drinking (divas) 3350 words Included in the St. Paul Inspections Abuse section (Dec. 2006)

St. Paul tries to close down Diva's bar: religious and political pressures St. Bernard's church planned to build an assisted-living facility on the site of the bar (divas2) 3731 words Included in the St. Paul Inspections Abuse section (Dec. 2006)

City of St. Paul Destroys Evidence related to Real-Estate Racketeering Lawsuits Requested documents before December 2005 are no longer available (ricotrial) 1213 words Included in the St. Paul Inspections Abuse section (Aug. 2007)

Hearing on the St. Paul racketeering lawsuit The prosecution files for sanctions to be imposed against the city (rico2) 1592 words Included in the St. Paul Inspections Abuse section (April 2008)

Press release for August 17th demonstration at St. Paul City Hall Victims of city vendetta against poor homeowners have opportunity to speak out (kellymustgo) 388 words plus 1 image Included in the St. Paul Inspections Abuse section (Aug. 2005)

Songs and chants for rally at St. Paul city hall Clever to the point of finding a rhyme for 'Kelly' (songsandchants) 110 words Included in the St. Paul Inspections Abuse section (Aug. 2005)

Mayor Randy Kelly is defeated after protest demonstrations at city hall City administration had abused its powers of inspections (kelly1) 808 words plus 1 image Included in the St. Paul Inspections Abuse section (Nov. 2005)

Not so fast, Mr. Dawkins Your sugar-coated account of the Tenant Remedies Act ignores your own behavior (duluth) 900 words Included in the St. Paul Inspections Abuse section (March 2006)

A St. Valentine's Day Protest Demonstration Save a sweet lady's home from the wrecking ball (valentine) 490 words Included in the St. Paul Inspections Abuse section (Feb. 2006)

Report on St. Valentines Day demonstration at 14 East Jessamine Street An exercise in grassroots democracy plus a great fact-finding opportunity (jessaminestreet) 623 words Included in the St. Paul Inspections Abuse section (Feb. 2006)

The Watchdog Infiltrates St. Paul community meeting led by Council Member Lee Helgen Some out-of-place questions cause the meeting to be terminated (helgen) 1304 words Included in the St. Paul Inspections Abuse section (Feb. 2007)

Deb Johnson, Survivor and Refugee from St. Paul Former owner of Divas bar moves to Belize (divas3) 896 words plus 1 image (Dec. 2009)

 

Minneapolis Landlord Experiences predating MPRAC

Ed Settevig, forerunner to the Minneapolis landlord activists of the 1990s - He fought Hubert Humphrey and statist Democrats in the 1940s (settevig) 1990 words (1946-47)

The Politics of Housing in Minneapolis Prior to the 1990s - Anti-war protesters on the West Bank set the stage for decades to come - by Jim Jacobson (jacobsen) 1626 words (1980s)

 

MPRAC History

MPRAC's Early History From gripe sessions and class-action lawsuits to a media operation specializing in civic protest (earlyhistory) 3260 words Included in the MPRAC History section (1994-1999)

First fundraising letter to Minneapolis landlords - how Minneapolis Property Rights Action Committee was organized (firstletter) 385 words (May 1995)

Landlords battling culpability proposal Minneapolis City Council's "conduct on premises" clause in rental-license ordinance (rentallicense) 882 words Included in the MPRAC History section (May 1995)

Minneapolis landlords suing city, Inspections Department Announcement of the lawsuit that began the organization (lawsuit) 189 wordsIncluded in the MPRAC History section (June 1995)

S.O.S. Minneapolis rental-property owners A letter inviting landlords to join our class-action lawsuit (membership) 345 words Included in the MPRAC History section (June 1995)

Landlords Lament Angry Rental Property Owners Gird for Battle in Minneapolis (tevlin) 1329 words Included in the MPRAC History section (June 1995)

Landlords support Police Federation proposal for gang unit Better to direct attention at criminals than at buildings (berryman) 248 words Included in the MPRAC History section (July 1995)

The Slum-lord Wars Council President Jackie Cherryhomes tries to spin MPRAC as a group that victimizes people (slumlordwars) 846 words Included in the MPRAC History section (Aug. 1997)

Minneapolis Crack Tours Twenty-five groups of dignitaries actually took them in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis (cracktours) 1313 words plus 2 images Included in the MPRAC History section (April 1998)

Reward for information leading to the arrest of Ann Prazniak's murderer(s) Five thousand dollars contributed anonymously to find the killer (prazniak) 16 words plus 1 image Included in the MPRAC History section (May 1998)

An Interrogation at Minneapolis City Hall MPRAC helps to exonerate landlord from city charges of negligence in a tenant's murder (bannerman) 750 words Included in the MPRAC History section (April 1998)

MPRAC Protesters Shut down Minneapolis City Council Meeting They retaliate against city government for revoking a landlord's rental license (citycouncil) 1544 words Included in the MPRAC History section (Oct. 1998)

Protest Disrupts Meeting of Minneapolis City Council Landlord's Loss of Rental License Sparks Hourlong Demonstration (diazarticle) 556 words Included in the MPRAC History section (Oct. 1998)

Plans for More Building Demolitions In Central neighborhood, inflated renovation costs used to justify tearing houses down (ogbulusfolly) 680 words Included in the MPRAC History section (March 2000)

The Mayor Appears at MPRAC Meeting Sharon Sayles Belton jumps into the lions' den (saylesbelton) 647 words Included in the MPRAC History section (June 2000)

Charlie Disney for Mayor A scurrilous leaflet prepared for Charlie Disney's campaign for Mayor of Minneapolis (disney4mayor) 18 words plus 1 image Included in the MPRAC History section (June 2001)

Charlie Disney drops out of the mayoral race; Bill McGaughey's subsequent political campaigning Transition from political activism to electoral politics (politicalcampaigns) 2264 words Included in the MPRAC History section (2001-2004)

A Campaign for President in Louisiana's 2004 Democratic Primary Quixotic candidacy yields a fifth-place finish (louisiana1) 1168 words plus 1 image Included in the MPRAC History section (March 2004)

Two Occasions for Singing At a protest demonstration in south Minneapolis and on Peavey Plaza on the eve of September 11th (singing) 376 words Included in the MPRAC History section (1999, 2001)

Meeting with the winner of the mayoral primary An exhausted mayoral candidate and his mother meet with MPRAC after 1st place finish (newmayor) 389 words plus 1 image Included in the MPRAC History section (Sept. 2001)

Election Blow-out: Property Rights Group's Impact on the 2001 Minneapolis City Elections Even better than expected, the bulk of the city's leadership was replaced (blowout) 1103 words Included in the MPRAC History section (Nov. 2001)

Disillusionment with Mayor Rybak He seemed to have forgotten the role of private-sector landlords in maintaining housing stock (disillusion) 2791 words Included in the MPRAC History section (Jan. 2002)

Rally to Demand Joe Biernat's Resignation MPRAC asks an old adversary, found guilty of a crime, to step down from the City Council (biernat) 447 words Included in the MPRAC History section (July 2002)

The June 2005 MPRAC Meeting A month in the life of this organization in a later phase (meeting) 203 words Included in the MPRAC History section (June 2005)

Letter to Eve White and Jim McCauley Thanks to two landlords who kept MPRAC going for five more years (evewhite) 261 words Included in the MPRAC History section (Jan. 2006)

Revive MPRAC? How about a new group encompassing both Minneapolis and St. Paul? (revivemprac) 492 words Included in the MPRAC History section (Feb. 2006)

Invitation to first meeting of new group Meeting at Washburn library in June 2006 revives MPRAC on metro-wide basis (newmprac) 509 words Included in the MPRAC History section (June 2006)

MPRAC Sponsors an Open Discussion of Race with Chris Stewart, newly elected member of Minneapolis School Board (stewart) 1509 words Included in the MPRAC History section (Dec. 2006)

Report on the August 2007 Monthly Meeting Landlord Jeffrey Fine discusses the new St. Louis Park (MN) ordinance to fight crime (aug2007meeting) 628 words Included in the MPRAC History section (Aug. 2007)

The November 2007 Meeting of Metro Property Rights Action Committee Water management, convenience stores, and employee lawsuits are the topics (Nov2007) 1230 words (November 2007)

Report on the May 2008 Meeting About MPRAC, instant runoff voting, and The Real America (May 2008) 857 words Included in the MPRAC History section (May 2008)

The protest demonstration at Minneapolis city hall City Council subcommittee votes to revoke a rental license and demolish an apartment building (cityhall) 2299 words Included in the MPRAC History section (August 2008)

Candidate Debates in the Summer of 2009 Landlords give free air time to candidates challenging incumbent city officials (summer2009) 1990 words Included in the MPRAC History section (September 2009)

MPRAC candidates in the 2009 Minneapolis city elections Candidates help launch New Dignity Party (NDPcampaign) 548 words (December 2009)

Statement of Charlie Disney for 50th class reunion at Edina High School A career in table-tennis promotion and landlord politics (charliedisney) 802 words (September 2010)

The Life and Times of Frank Trisko This is the man who started Minneapolis Property Rights Action Committee (franktrisko) 1088 words (November 2011)

Issues & Activities

Landlords can’t be cops They can evict tenants, not identify criminals Included in the Issues & Activities section (cantbecops) 269 words (May 1995)

Legal Issues The focus of MPRAC's original lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis (legalissues) 699 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (Sept. 1995)

Issues raised at a meeting with Minneapolis Police Chief Robert Olson Minneapolis landlords discuss ways to improve relations between landlords and police (chiefolson) 630 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (Dec. 1995)

Follow-up letter to Chief Olson giving an example of slow police response time Minneapolis police take an hour to reach a burglary in progress (roberteubanks) 331 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (April 1996)

Why are we creating a musical disturbance? We'll sing if it helps to point the cops in the right direction (musicaldisturb) 598 words (June 1996)

Meeting with a representative of Star Tribune editorial board The politics of hate directed against landlords is discussed. (editorialboard) 592 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (Oct. 1996)

If you're Howie Gangestad, what happens if you call 911? The police take ages to come and then treat you like crap. (howiegangestad) 1136 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (Aug. 1997)

An Open Letter to City Officials From Howard Gangestad, President of Rio Hot Properties (howiestenants) 383 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (Aug. 1997)

Woody Dixon's Purchase of a Condemned House Minneapolis Housing Inspections Supervisor buys house from elderly woman at a bargain price (woodydixon) 403 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (Oct. 1998)

What's with Minneapolis Property Rights Action Committee? Let us explain ourselves to you, DFL delegates. (whatswith) 1142 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (May 2001)

MPRAC Proposals for Minneapolis city government Everything from Brainstorming Notes to Formal Proposals - i.e. our best shot (mpracproposals) 3008 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (Aug. 2000-Jan. 2001)

Some Issues to Consider in Relations between Landlords and City Government Landlords and city police have their respective responsibilities (moreissues) 999 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (May 2001)

A Strategy for Fighting Crime in the Twin Cities Specific Proposals in the areas of Punishment and Prevention (crimefighting) 564 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (2002?)

Proposals to Improve City Government submitted to the Rybak Campaign Ranging from Inspections to Police Work to Development and Eminent Domain (forrybak) 2453 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (Sept. 2001)

Five New Proposals submitted by members of MPRAC to the Rybak for Mayor Campaign To deal with the 'housing undesirables' and deteriorating housing stock (fiveproposals) 616 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (Sept. 2001)

Nurturing Action to Influence Public Opinion Action as the key to political change (nurtureaction) 757 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (June 2002)

Letter to Don Samuels MPRAC is a landlord union, not to be divided by ill-meaning persons who judge us (samuels) 305 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (Sept. 2002)

A Fundraising Letter to MPRAC Members Needed to keep the cable-television show on the air for another year (fundraising) 527 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (Oct. 2002)

Letter protesting Keith Ellison's Election to the Minnesota Legislature After a campaign of hate directed against landlords (ellison) 1211 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (Nov. 2002)

Letter to new Police Chief William McManus Warning him not to go too far with the 'problem property' approach (mcmanus) 977 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (March 2004)

Letter to City Council President Paul Ostrow About public subsidies to developers of housing near the light-rail line (ostrow) 826 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (April 2004)

Letter to Mayor Rybak: Back to the "Problem Property" Fixation Answer one question: Where are the housing undesirables supposed to live? (rybakcomplaint) 1301 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (Oct. 2004)

Letter to editor of NorthNews in response to statements by Council Member Don Samuels Calling attention to his game of stereotyping landlords as delinquent in some way (northnews) 1265 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (Nov. 2004)

Letter to Lee McGrath of the Institute for Justice regarding a proposed city ordinance to punish landlords for tenant noise (mcgrath) 1095 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (Dec. 2005)

Prospects for MPRAC as of 12/25/05 Short of money for the full television program, we can at least get by on our resources (prospects) 527 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (Dec. 2005)

Meeting to discuss the northside inspections sweep in Harrison Neighborhood Inspections issues orders without regard to residents' ability to pay (inspectionsweep) 1342 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (Sept. 2006)

North Minneapolis needs a drop-in center Community activist Spike Moss outlines what needs to be done long-term to reduce violent crime (dropin) 1112 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (Jan. 2007)

Letter to Mayor Rybak after a Meeting about the Drop-in Center Some arguments to deal with his concerns (spikemoss) 1012 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (March 2007)

How the Politicians Reacted to the Idea of a Drop-in Center Cool at first; may need more prodding (politicians) 1005 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (March 2007)

Crashing a Peace Rally A provocative appeal to the city to stop closing down convenience stores (peacerally) 1856 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (May 2007)

Uncle Bill’s Appeal of the Fire Department Condemnation Fire Department officials say he needs to give them additional reports (billsappeal) 1786 words Included in the Issues & Activities section (July 2007)

City inspectors try to change law giving them exemption to Minnesota Supreme Court ruling MPRAC co-leaders testify in opposition before House committee (legislativehearing) 578 words (May 2009)

Uncle Bill’s Food Market: The Community Celebration Revisiting the site of a grocery store two years after its building was condemned (unclebill2) words (September 2009)

A letter addressed to members of the Minnesota legislature An alternative to raising taxes and cutting state programs (legisletter) 470 words (January 2011)

Abuse of Property Rights in Minneapolis and St. Paul Examples and Types of Abuse cited by Metro Property Rights Action Committee (33points) 3900 words (January 2011)

 

What others have said of MPRAC

A letter to the Governor of Minnesota from a U.S. Congressman Rep. Jim Ramstad takes Disney's "Crack Tour" and urges Governor Carlson to do likewise (ramstad) 754 words Included in the What Others Have Said section (April 1998)

Why MPRAC has not been too concerned about having a bad reputation The "good people" are rotten to the core (reputation) 2475 words Included in the What Others Have Said section (November 2007)

 

Articles written about Housing

Andy Ellis' Note to his superiors in the Inspections Department Retrained for what, and when? (ellis) 314 words Included in the Housing Articles section (April 1995)

Landlords vs. City of Minneapolis (Nonprofits in the Background) by Brad Rickertsen The fine art of stealing properties in a one-party town (nonprofits) 1025 words Included in the Housing Articles section (August 1995)

The real way the (welfare) system works - or your tax dollars at work - by Brad Rickertsen (rickertsen) 346 words (September 1995)

Inner City Rental Property Terminology by Brad Rickertsen A guide to “beating the system” if you rent in Minneapolis (terminology) 984 words (October 1995)

A Tenant's Guide to Landlord Thinking about Evictions Landlords are not out to hurt you; they mainly want to stay in business (tenanttraining) 1494 words Included in the Housing Articles section (2002?)

Good landlord, bad landlord Tracking 911 calls to buildings discourages crime reporting (goodandbadlandlord) 608 words Included in the Housing Articles section (April 1998)

Amid housing crisis, buildings continue to be demolished in Minneapolis City officials base their decisions on inflated rehab costs (demolish) 1422 words Included in the Housing Articles section (2002?)

Plan underway to convert Minneapolis from rental housing to homeownership Because tenants are seen as less stable and desirable city residents, deny them a place to live (homeownership) 853 words plus 1 image Included in the Housing Articles section (1999?)

Tom Manion Complains of Bad Police Work Leader of neighborhood property-owner group blasts Minneapolis police for not responding to crime in Whittier neighborhood (manion) 1436 words Included in the Housing Articles section (Dec. 1998)

Warning: Don't feed the predators ACORN doesn't provide low-income housing but preys on those who do (acorn) 480 words Included in the Housing Articles section (Nov. 2000)

King Urukagina Would Know What to Do If you rob the tradesmen, they will go away (urukagina) 998 words Included in the Housing Articles section (Feb. 2001)

Documentation of Loss of Minneapolis Rental Units, 1988 to 2000 Calculation based on information from city and news reports (lostunits) 218 words Included in the Housing Articles section (June 2001)

Is the Private Sector Unable to provide Affordable Housing? Not if private-sector landlords are taxed, punished by inspections, and scapegoated for crime (flynn) 400 words Included in the Housing Articles section (2001)

Public Recognition for Mpls. landlords? (reitman) 1424 words (Dec. 2001)

Learning from the Herron Experience Influence peddling and inspections abuse built into the system (herron) 764 words Included in the Housing Articles section (July 2001)

Enron Minneapolis-Style The system of government here invites the sort of corruption that beset Brian Herron (enron) 615 words Included in the Housing Articles section (March 2002)

Affordable Housing Preservation Is it the housing we want, or the money for housing? (affordablehousing) 687 words Included in the Housing Articles section (Aug. 2001)

Property Rights and the Political Spoils System Enlisting the powers of government to ruin your neighbor and take his property (spoilsystem) 773 words Included in the Housing Articles section (Dec. 2001)

Rybak on his way to solving the affordable housing crisis The market taking care of the problem for him (vacancies) 347 words Included in the Housing Articles section (Jan. 2002)

Honest government, where does it fit into the city's housing plan? In the aftermath of the Herron scandal, thoughts on increasing the transparency and internal security of local government (honestgovernment) 725 words Included in the Housing Articles section (2002?)

Blame Buildings for Crime? Star Tribune editorial regurgitates old, failed policies (lettertoeditor) 240 words Included in the Housing Articles section (Oct. 2002)

An Open Letter to the Somali Community Landlords are business people, not tyrants who want to lord it over tenants (somalis) 901 words Included in the Housing Articles section (July 2002)

Star Tribune Article Stirs Discussion of Housing and Crime Issues City scapegoats MPRAC member, Howie Gangestad, housing provider of last resort (gangestad) 1068 words Included in the Housing Articles section (Sept. 2004)

Crime is More than Broken Windows Contrary to expert opinion, neither peeling paint nor broken glass causes gun shots (brokenwindow) 686 words Included in the Housing Articles section (June 2006)

Remembering Chuck Mesken (Mayor Rybak's Step-father) A veteran landlord who knew more about housing than his stepson's crowd (mesken) 1624 words plus 1 image Included in the Housing Articles section (Sept. 2006)

What American landlords and Chinese peasants may have in common Both have property threatened by big developers and government officials (property1) 1835 words plus 1 image Included in the Housing Articles section (Jan. 2006)

“Communist China” enacts law to strengthen private property while Minnesota legislators move in the opposite direction (Are we still No. 1 in human rights?) (ChinaMinnesota) 1849 words Included in the Housing Articles section (March 2007)

Can landlords be "progressives"? Looking for a respectable place in the political spectrum (progressive1) 4779 words Included in the Housing Articles section (March 2006)

What are property rights? Are they more important than human rights? 1431 words (April 2006)

Response to the city's renewed bureaucratic offensive The Problem Properties Unit comes back with a vengeance after the city election (deegan) 931 words Included in the Housing Articles section (Nov. 2006)

Letter to Minneapolis city officials on more efficient services to fight crime Too many bureaucratic activities and not enough service on the street (efficient) 1602 words Included in the Housing Articles section (Dec. 2006)

Neighborhood X Minneapolis neighborhood association assumes role of gatekeeper rather than provider of service to area residents (neighborhoodx) 2442 words Included in the Housing Articles section (March 2007)

Let There Be Peace (Without Theft) A flyer distributed at the northside peace rally on May 19, 2007 (peaceflyer) 928 words Included in the Housing Articles section (May 2007)

The Blame Game Was the I-35W Bridge Collapse in Minneapolis an example of negligence or an act of God? (bridgecollapse) 1425 words Included in the Housing Articles section (Aug. 2007)

Property Rights members attend Real-Estate Foreclosure workshop A salesman tries to sign them up for a course (foreclosures) 2024 words Included in the Housing Articles section (Sept. 2007)

Did the courts convict the wrong man for murder; and does it matter? The case for Jermaine Stansberry's innocence in the murder of Brandon Hall (stansberry) 1919 words Included in the Housing Articles section (Nov. 2007)

A Tirade about Property Rights at Kokomo’s Island Cafe in the Mall of America (by Matt Snyders of City Pages) Boredom and sleep deprivation are powerful motivators (mallofamerica) 587 words Included in the Housing Articles section (Dec. 2007)

Tales from the urban forest Can squirrels be tamed? (squirrel) 1645 words Included in the Housing Articles section (May 2008)

Is Minneapolis fire station a “problem property”? What Bill McGaughey recently witnessed from his front porch. (firestation) 475 words Included in the Housing Articles section (May 2008)

The measure of a patriot Willingness to challenge abusive government by direct action (truepatriot) 1336 words Included in the Housing Articles section (May 2008)

Reaction to a Shooting at Juneteenth Many a word but no plan of action (juneteenth) 815 words Included in the Housing Articles section (June 2008)

Seven Lean Years and more to come if Minneapolis city government continues to persecute its local businesses (adultcouncil) 985 words Included in the Housing Articles section (November 2008)

The City of Minneapolis Intensifies its Revenue Collection City inflates tax-assessed values and orders involuntary snow shoveling (moneyhungry) 1612 words (February 2009)

A modest proposal for the city to raise money in hard times (satire) Establish a new profession of windshield cleaners (windshieldclean) 733 words (February 2009)

Neighborhood people meet to select representatives to new city Department Unable to decide at this meeting what comes next (NRPmeeting) 1040 words (February 2009)

A Veteran Minneapolis Landlord Offers Historical Perspective by Mel Gregerson He arrived in the city in 1956 (mel) 669 words (May 2009)

Massive rezoning of south Minneapolis: two views by two posters on Minneapolis e-democracy discussion list City plans are complex (cityplanning) words (September 2009)

Failure to communicate Minneapolis elected officials are unresponsive to constituent inquiries. (ludeman) words (October 2009)

The University of Minnesota comes to the rescue of north Minneapolis UROC will teach entrepreneurship. (universityentrepreneurship) 967 words (June 2010)

 

Media Bias

Absentee Landlords and their Critics Some loaded language used to describe inner-city landlords (absenteelandlords) 802 words Included in the Media Bias section (Nov. 1999)

The Attack on Bob Anderson The Star Tribune jumped to conclusions but forgot to report his exoneration (bobanderson) 894 words Included in the Media Bias section (2000?)

Reporter Steve Brandt does a number on Maw Lee Neglecting to get Lee's side of the story, he paints a sympathetic portrait of troublesome tenants (mawlee) 733 words Included in the Media Bias section (Jan. 2001)

Sins of Omission The Star Tribune's aversion to reporting unwise or corrupt practices by city politicians (pamfine) 1269 words Included in the Media Bias section (Aug. 2000)

To the media: You're forgetting one thing Property taxes reflect a combination of assessed values and tax rates (taxcut) 1540 words Included in the Media Bias section (May 2005)

What the Star Tribune did to Dan Cohen Yet their broken promises cost them plenty (dancohen) 1819 words Included in the Media Bias section (June 2005)

Why They Don't Get it or, Perhaps, Don't Want to Know The news media refuses to recognize corruption within local government (dontknow) 1652 words Included in the Media Bias section (Aug. 2005)

The Star Tribune is Sold to a Group of New York Investors Gatekeeper of Minneapolis political opinion falls prey to Craigslist (startribune) 1354 words Included in the Media Bias section (Dec. 2006)

Hate Speech and Violent Crime as reported in our Community We're less interested in homicides than in racially offensive words (hatespeech) 4415 words (Nov. 2007)

The Verbal Elite vs. Landlords (and other money-grubbing types) The culture clash with journalists which results in unfavorable news coverage (verbalelite) 353 words Included in the Media Bias section (1998?)

Steve Meldahl, Don Samuels, Northside Blogs, and the Lost Generation How to salvage personal dignity in a world of declining job opportunities for college graduates (meldahl) 1872 words (Jan. 2011)

 

 

 

Email Wars

Statement on Don Samuels: He needs to seduce himself first After snub by the Governor, he should accept his role as public decisionmaker (samuelstatement) 416 words Included in the Email Wars section (April 2006)

What neighborhood busybodies want, this City Council gives Landlords who do plumbing work themselves may lose their rental license (busybodies) 6239 words Included in the Email Wars section (Oct. 2006)

Response to Email Posting: "It's a Problem Property!" No, it isn't (problemproperty) 433 words Included in the Email Wars section (Feb. 2006)

Sparring with Spaulding MPRAC called a group of irresponsible landlords who enjoy playing the victim (spaulding) 3402 words Included in the Email Wars section (Feb. 2006)

Reports from the scene of 14 East Jessamine Irregularities linked to St. Paul city employees: break-ins, burglaries, violations of court orders (reportsfromscene) 1325 words Included in the Email Wars section (Feb. 2006)

Jousting with Repke Ex-aide to St. Paul Council Member accuses landlords of indifference to fire hazards (repke) 6210 words Included in the Email Wars section (June 2006)

Is Dyna Sluyter complaining too much about crime? Crime-affected resident of north Minneapolis fights her critics on the list. (dynasluyter) 5578 words (July 2008)

Should the Minneapolis police chief be fired? He was insensitive and possibly racist, some say. (joenathan) 6362 words (August 2008)

Jim Graham's Advice on dealing with "slumlords" Blame them for crime and throw away the key (jimgraham) 3857 words (May 2009)

Discussion of Events related to Uncle Bill's Food Market "Neighbors" clamor to have the building torn down (contractors) 4520 words (September 2009)

Whether campaign contributions influence Council Members' votes on development projects the case of 600 Main Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN (minn) 6477 words (October 2009)

 

Links and Reports from other Places

From Berkley, Mass.:Berkeley Property Owners Association (includes pictures of trashed apartments)

From Zimmerman, Minnesota: The use of special assessments to collect unpaid water bills

From Durham, England: Landlord Rights and Responsibilitities



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