Minnesota Governor Tim Walz: We’re ‘Under Assault’ From Outside Agitators.”

–Star Tribune headline (May 30, 2020).

[Note to Readers: The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway (“Berkshire”), or any other entity referenced. Edina Realty is a subsidiary of Berkshire.]

The unbelievably beautiful weather in Minneapolis today was a surreal backdrop for an equally unbelievable scene in Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood this afternoon (I live just west).

In order of what was most eye (and ear) catching:

–The sounds of sawing and hammering everywhere, as store owners cut and nailed plywood boards (see above). About 80% of the Uptown stores — which are all closed — were already boarded up.

–The procession of cars slowly headed east on Lake St., towards the South Minneapolis neighborhood where George Floyd was killed while in police custody, and where looting and fire damage have been concentrated the last few nights.

–In a city where you can go months without seeing an out-of-town license plate (save perhaps Wisconsin), in less than 30 minutes I saw cars with plates from Ohio and Manitoba, and a huge pickup truck from Idaho (see, Governor Walz’s alarm about “outside agitators”).

Message to such outsiders: you weren’t welcome here before, in the middle of a pandemic, and you’re certainly not welcome here now.

–The sound and sight of a news(?) helicopter hovering, stationery, over Lake Bde Make Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun).

I know the vast majority of people believe that the best way to honor George Floyd’s tragic death isn’t by vandalizing the city, especially one dealing with a pandemic and widespread economic suffering right now.

It’s to make sure it’s the last time it happens — in Minneapolis, or anywhere else . . .

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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