Video posted online shows someone firing a gun as a driver does doughnuts at Hennepin and Lagoon in Uptown.(FOX 9)
MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Concerns over safety in Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood are growing louder after a video from overnight shows people firing weapons during a car sideshow.
The video posted to Facebook shows a vehicle doing doughnuts at the intersection of Hennepin Avenue and Lagoon Avenue, not far from the parking ramp where Winston Smith was killed.
Minneapolis leaders, community address Uptown car sideshow concerns
Incidents of cars doing donuts in the streets of Uptown in Minneapolis and increased crime is drawing concern from Minneapolis leaders and the community.
The area has been the site of ongoing protests since Smith’s shooting along with the death of protester Deona Marie Erickson. Thursday, Minneapolis police say they are looking for suspects as a lot of people asking what can be done to make it stop.
Vehicle sideshows and street racing have been a growing problem in the city but, in addition to that, overnight it was raining bullets as some of those involved fired guns while spinning doughnuts at the intersection of Lagoon and Hennepin avenues in Uptown.
“We have had homicides occur because of reckless discharge of firearms at these particular types of events,” said Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder. “It is an extremely dangerous situation and a severe threat to public safety.”
Uptown has seen crime on the rise since Winston Smith was killed by members of a U.S. Marshals Task Force. Wednesday night was no exception as, according to police, the problems started hours before the street race and they’re the same crime they’re seeing week after week.
Those holding space at the Wince Marie Peace Garden did not want to go on camera but did say they don’t tell anyone how to protest — whether that’s gunfire, street racing, or setting fires. They did say those involved in Wednesday night’s incident are in support of the protests.
Mayor Jacob Frey says there have been over 100 arrests since the Uptown unrest began. He also says if the Minneapolis Police Department was staffed appropriately, there would be a presence that could help prevent the problems. In the meantime, he’s looking to partner with other jurisdictions.
“Are there elements of safety beyond policing, of course there are,” said Mayor Frey. “But you also need police. You need the police to be able to arrest the perpetrators of some of these crimes. And you need to make sure that those same individuals don’t get back out to continue doing the same thing that they’ve been doing.”
Councilmember Lisa Bender, who represents the Uptown area, said in a statement: “The drag racing incident in Uptown is and unfortunate example of this problem which has increased in the Twin Cities. MPD is responding to these incidents and has been setting up road barriers on weekends as a deterrent. Specific questions should be directed to the mayor’s office as the mayor has
The Bridgeport Transportation & Land Use Study was created as a planning initiative with a goal to enhance walkability, transportation, transit choices and neighborhood character within the Bridgeport area of Lancaster County, according to the study.
The project is a collaboration between East Lampeter, West Lampeter and Lancaster townships, and Lancaster city, with support from Lancaster County and the state Department of Transportation.
Following are some of the recommendations from the “Recommended Action Plan” section of the study, which is attached to the end of this post.
— A roundabout connecting Old Philadelphia Pike that would provide access to Lincoln Highway and Pitney Road.
— Widen Pitney Road to allow for dual southbound through lanes.
— All left turns from Route 462 (East King Street and Lincoln Highway East) would be made via a new street north of Lincoln Highway.
— Redevelop the existing four-lane Lincoln Highway East into a three-lane highway.
— Construct central landscaped medians and consolidated access points at key locations along Lincoln Highway to reduce traffic speeds and beautify the roadway.
— Curbing, crosswalks and sidewalks along both sides of Lincoln Highway to create safe pedestrian travel ways.
— A shoulder to create additional separation between pedestrians and vehicular travel.
— Build a trail from Lancaster County Central Park to the Conestoga Pines Pool.
— Enhance pedestrian safety and provide traffic-calming measures along the following streets located in residential neighborhoods south of Lincoln Highway and east of Lampeter Road: Longfellow Drive, Tennyson Drive, Wiker Avenue and Buttercup Road. Suggestions include speed cushions, speed humps, raised intersections, and/or landscaped gateways.
— The adoption of a Village Center District and a Village Mixed Use District within a 10-minute walk radius from the Bridgeport Crossroads.
— The following use types should be permitted and encouraged within Bridgeport’s commercial and mixed use zoning districts: Apartments over retail stores, artisan production businesses and small specialty stores to encourage entrepreneurial businesses, anchor retail stores and food markets, restaurants and outdoor dining and townhomes and other forms of attached dwellings.
— Each municipal ordinance should promote the use of shared parking within the Bridgeport Crossroads area according to the standards established in the most current version of the Urban Land Institute’s Shared Parking Manual.
— With four bus lines converging at the Bridgeport Crossroads, a bus transit hub should be considered to promote greater connectivity and transfers between routes.
I lived in a van for five years, which is quite a long time. In fact, I lived in that thing for longer than I’ve lived in any other place since leaving my childhood home. Strangely, I found moving out of a van to be more stressful than moving into one. I was afraid I was going to miss the freedom that comes with having everything travel-ready in my own little turtle shell. The moment I got a normal-person car, I got to work figuring out how to be able to use it as a mini camper-van.
Now, we’re not talking about doing a full, permanent conversion here. I was moving to LA, and my car’s primary duty would be getting me around the city. But I wanted to develop a system that would make it killer for road trips and backcountry camping—a vehicle that, like my van, I could just park, pull up my shades, and go to sleep. In fact, I was hoping that it would be able to take me places my van couldn’t get to. It turns out there are many products out there for that exact purpose. There’s a ton to choose from, so I went deep down the research rabbit hole and have been testing gear.
If you want to hit the road this summer, I have some rock-solid recommendations for you, and a few tips and tricks along the way, too.
The Gear You Need for Your Car
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