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Buildings damaged in Minneapolis, St. Paul during riots
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 06, 2020 08:11PM
[www.startribune.com]

In the first few days after George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police, rioters tore through dense stretches of Minneapolis, St. Paul and other metro communities in retaliation, causing millions in property damage to more than 1,500 locations.

In their wake, vandals left a trail of smashed doors and windows, covered hundreds of boarded-up businesses with graffiti and set fire to nearly 150 buildings, with dozens burned to the ground. Pharmacies, groceries, liquor stores, tobacco shops and cell phone stores were ransacked, losing thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise. Many were looted repeatedly over consecutive nights.

Other property — like gas stations, restaurants and even parked cars — was set on fire, with much of it completely destroyed.

The full extent of damage to Twin Cities buildings — including residences, churches, non-profits and minority-owned businesses — could take weeks or months to calculate. Already on the ropes from months of lost revenue during a global pandemic, some businesses may never reopen as others are still temporarily or indefinitely closed.

Buildings along a 5-mile stretch of Lake Street in Minneapolis and a 3.5-mile stretch of University Avenue in St. Paul's Midway area experienced some of the heaviest damage. While this is an incomplete list, here’s a look at some of those hardest-hit areas.

Heavy damage near Minneapolis police precincts

For three consecutive nights starting on Wednesday, May 27, rioters pummeled blocks worth of buildings near the Minneapolis’ Third and Fifth police precincts, inflicting heavy damage.

On Thursday night, protesters torched and heavily vandalized the Third Precinct, and destroyed at least 20 nearby buildings, including several restaurants, an Auto Zone, Minnehaha Lake Wine & Spirits, a U.S. Post Office, a cellphone store and the building that housed Talk Town Diner, El Nuevo Rodeo and others. Midtown Corner, a multi-story affordable housing project that was still under construction, erupted into a towering inferno, burning so hot that it melted siding off a nearby house.

The following night, about three miles west of the Third Precinct, protesters blanketed the area near the Fifth Precinct, heavily damaging at least seven buildings — including a U.S. Post Office, a Wells Fargo branch, a staffing agency and a Subway in a nearby strip mall. Authorities also reported that shots had been fired at officers in the Fifth Precinct area, but there were no reports of injuries.

Fires near Midtown Global Market, heavy looting in Uptown

The Midtown Global Market area experienced one of the most concentrated tolls during the Floyd riots. More than a dozen businesses near E. Lake Street and Chicago Avenue were destroyed by fire, and a few dozen more reported fire damage with many being burned severely.

Less than two miles to the west near Hennepin Avenue and W. Lake Street, nearly 40 businesses were broken into or heavily looted, including large retailers like H&M, Timberland, an Apple store, Kitchen Window and Urban Outfitters. Just a few blocks away near Lyndale Avenue and W. Lake Street, a cluster of nearly 30 businesses sustained property damage, including several restaurants and bars. There was almost no fire damage in this area, a stark contrast to other clusters along Lake Street.

Miles of damage along University Avenue

Across the river in St. Paul, the hardest-hit area was a 1-mile stretch of the Midway along University Avenue between Snelling and Lexington avenues, although damage extended a few miles, stopping just short of the State Capitol. In all, more than 70 businesses were hit, with more than a dozen sustaining serious fire damage.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: Buildings damaged in Minneapolis, St. Paul during riots
Posted by: hal
Date: July 06, 2020 08:49PM
that's terrible! What a disaster.
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Re: Buildings damaged in Minneapolis, St. Paul during riots
Posted by: RgrF
Date: July 06, 2020 08:53PM
Buildings lost are eventually rebuilt, lives lost can't be reclaimed and rebuilt.
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Re: Buildings damaged in Minneapolis, St. Paul during riots
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 06, 2020 09:09PM
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RgrF
Buildings lost are eventually rebuilt, lives lost can't be reclaimed and rebuilt.

One death. Someone protecting their property shot and killed an alleged looter.



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Re: Buildings damaged in Minneapolis, St. Paul during riots
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: July 06, 2020 09:21PM
I've never had an idea of why people would do things like this. It ultimately accomplishes nothing that couldn't by done by other means.
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Re: Buildings damaged in Minneapolis, St. Paul during riots
Posted by: Ted King
Date: July 06, 2020 09:27PM
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Steve G.
I've never had an idea of why people would do things like this. It ultimately accomplishes nothing that couldn't by done by other means.

Anger from there being a lot of things to be angry about.
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Re: Buildings damaged in Minneapolis, St. Paul during riots
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 06, 2020 09:28PM
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Steve G.
I've never had an idea of why people would do things like this. It ultimately accomplishes nothing that couldn't by done by other means.

Opportunistic looting. It wasn’t about protesting. Protesters were not looting.



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Re: Buildings damaged in Minneapolis, St. Paul during riots
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: July 06, 2020 09:43PM
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Speedy
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Steve G.
I've never had an idea of why people would do things like this. It ultimately accomplishes nothing that couldn't by done by other means.

Opportunistic looting. It wasn’t about protesting. Protesters were not looting.

Now that makes sense
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Re: Buildings damaged in Minneapolis, St. Paul during riots
Posted by: bfd
Date: July 06, 2020 10:29PM
A mini-version of this happened pretty close to San Diego in La Mesa… two banks burned down, a shopping center trashed and looted, downtown area also widely damaged. What started out as a decent protest turned quite violent after dark - and who knows how many, if any, of those involved in the protesting earlier in the day stuck around for the violence - just watching it unfold on TV, the non-violent crowd looked quite a bit different than the violent crowd. While the daytime protest that took over part of the freeway seemed like a pretty homogeneous crowd, the nighttime violence featured a preponderance of young and light-skinned participants.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 07/06/2020 10:31PM by bfd.
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Re: Buildings damaged in Minneapolis, St. Paul during riots
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: July 06, 2020 10:54PM
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Speedy
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Steve G.
I've never had an idea of why people would do things like this. It ultimately accomplishes nothing that couldn't by done by other means.

Opportunistic looting. It wasn’t about protesting. Protesters were not looting.

This!

Crime of Opportunity
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Re: Buildings damaged in Minneapolis, St. Paul during riots
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: July 07, 2020 12:03AM
Some is Alt-Reich hiding among the demonstrators trying to show BLM is a dangerous and violent movement, some is organized gangs looting for profit.



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Re: Buildings damaged in Minneapolis, St. Paul during riots
Posted by: Acer
Date: July 07, 2020 07:33AM
In other news, Antifa is holding one heck of a trunk sale at their world headquarters!
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Re: Buildings damaged in Minneapolis, St. Paul during riots
Posted by: pdq
Date: July 07, 2020 09:04AM
A little leavening:

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Volunteers flock to Twin Cities neighborhoods to clean up ravaged streets

After several nights of fires and looting in the Twin Cities following the killing of George Floyd, volunteers are turning up by the hundreds to pick up trash and help businesses clean up...



Block by block, volunteers help damaged businesses on Lake Street

The economic damage to some of these individual businesses was substantial. But:

Twin Cities Groups see Heartening Surge in Giving After Riots

Small Minneapolis Nonprofits Awash in Donations Post Protest

Property can be cleaned up. Buildings can be rebuilt. Nothing can bring George Floyd back. And nothing will reverse the sea change that has occurred.
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Re: Buildings damaged in Minneapolis, St. Paul during riots
Posted by: $tevie
Date: July 07, 2020 01:42PM
My sister lives in a part of St. Paul badly hit by fires and looting. First of all, she said it was an extraordinarily white crowd. She was absolutely furious because minority business owners seemed to be targeted, like the little Ethiopian restaurant near her house. No way this was BLM people.



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