Magazine March 8, 2021, Issue

Minnesota Nasty

A Minneapolis building, burned in the rioting that followed the killing of George Floyd (Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Minneapolis is a nice city no longer

Crime, homeless encampments, riots, crime, loopy left-wing government, crime, litter, violent protests, imperious left-wing activists seeing off mainstream liberal Democrats, boarded-up shops downtown, a vicious social-media-driven politics of personal destruction, crime, crime, and crime, to say nothing of the crime — today’s Minneapolis is where Minnesota Nice turns into Minnesota Nasty.

Let’s talk about the crime first. Everybody does.

“We’re moving,” says one longtime resident of downtown Minneapolis. “Prior to COVID, I walked to work every day and walked home. You couldn’t pay me enough to do that now — and it’s only a mile. It’s a changed city.”

That certainly is the

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