Clean-Up Report

Just because I didn’t host any open houses yesterday doesn’t mean I took the day off (see, “Father’s Day Off“).

In fact, I showed two different clients ten homes in five different Twin Cities neighborhoods.

Including Minneapolis’ Camden neighborhood, which was slammed by tornadoes exactly one month ago.


By now, most of the debris is gone (my fears of encountering a “war zone” were unfounded).

What I mostly noticed in the most heavily damaged neighborhoods– besides lots of uprooted tree stumps, heaved sidewalks, and a quilt of blue tarp patches on the roofs — was the tree-less boulevards.

In contrast to the leafy blocks just to the north and west, around 30th and Morgan the streets feel barren and wide-open.

The effect is almost like what you see in new developments way out in the ‘burbs, except in this case the homes are all 75-year old bungalow’s and Tudor’s.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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