The people living near Powderhorn Park promised not to call the police if violence erupted. They’ve now broken that promise. According to the article, “A man was shot Tuesday at a homeless encampment in Powderhorn Park, the latest incident in the tent community that has sprung up in Minnesota‚Äôs largest city. About 1:50 p.m., Minneapolis park police responded to a 911 call. When they arrived, they found a male victim with gunshot wounds to the arm and face, according to a park police spokeswoman.”

I wrote this post to highlight the predicament the neighborhood already faced. This isn’t the crisis that I anticipated but it isn’t a Saturday in the park, either:

More than 280 people live in tents in the park, according to a survey conducted earlier this month for the Minneapolis Housing Finance Authority. Two encampments at the north end of the park were formed after homeless residents were evicted from a hotel-turned-shelter nearby in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd on May 25.

About half the people at the encampment had previously received homelessness services from Hennepin County, the survey found, and about 45% identify as Native American. Powderhorn is just one of about 100 such encampments across the city, officials said.

Minneapolis will soon start losing population by the neighborhood. It doesn’t require a rocket scientist to figure out that people don’t want to live in a city without police, with prostitution and drug addicts. Further, the stench will quickly become overwhelming. Then what will Minneapolis do?

UPDATE: After watching this video, I need to rethink my statement that “this isn’t the crisis that I anticipated”:

It’s definitely a crisis. What’s tragic is that the Minneapolis City Council is composed of DFL activists. These DFL activists aren’t equipped to deal with complex policy-making situations. The people serving on the Park Board are essentially the DFL farm team to the City Council.

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