• Carlotta Arradondo

The Reconstruction Crisis in Minnesota

Updated: Dec 12, 2020

I recently had the opportunity to explore my hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and I was devastated by what I saw. Buildings are still in disrepair and dilapidated from Hennepin Avenue to the Mississippi river. I realized at that moment that Minneapolis is in ruins and in serious need of repair.

Unfortunately, It appears to me that no one seems interested in repairing the damages left behind, and I’m wondering who ordered the strike on Minneapolis to destroy small businesses in the first place? It looks like a war zone. The damage is a constant reminder of what the community lost, and this seems like cruel and unusual punishment placed upon the middle class and the poor. Especially when the buildings in question were owned and operated by small business men and woman.

The most unsettling part about all this, is that it appears the businesses hardest hit were the small mom and pop shops. And the businesses left to prosper and make any real money are the big businesses, and this doesn’t sit well with me. This leads me to question what’s really going on?

Is there a war on the working poor? A majority of workers have lost their jobs, their unemployment benefits are about to run out, and individuals and their families are hardly getting by. Not to mention, unfortunately but understandably some people are afraid to accept employment in close quarters due to COVID-19.

In addition to that we can barely go outside our homes without the constant worry of catching the Coronavirus or coming in contact with someone who does. And at this point it seems there is no stimulus relief package in sight, while the rich keep lining their pockets, and the poor are expected to pull themselves up by their bootstraps.

So why is it that small businesses and the working poor always seem to get shut out, screwed over, and left to pick up the pieces of crime ridden destruction that the majority of us didn't commit, while big businesses continue to prosper and flourish?

Isn't it bad enough that people can't put food on their tables, and some folks are still forced to live outside in tents, because it's nearly impossible to find affordable housing, or a job that offers a livable wage without the constant fear of contracting COVID-19?

Meanwhile, Minnesota still has yet to clean up the mess they created, and It is clear to me that their efforts to restore the destruction is way past due. So I say to you Minnesota, are the Inner-cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul not economically viable enough to invest in? Are these communities not worthy of anyone's efforts to restore when it’s some of these communities that are the sole contributors to the wealthy?

So Minnesota when are you going to clean up the mess you created? It is clear to me that your efforts to restore the destruction is way past due.

47 views0 comments


Golden Valley, Minnesota


©2021 by Black Lines Publishing, LLC.