Thursday, April 12, 2007

Four Months Over North

Alright, I think it's time for a recap:

It's been four months since I began work on the house in North Minneapolis. In fairness, I know that's nothing. In further fairness, I will divulge that I have yet to sleep one night there. I'm still living on the south side, mainly due to the fact that the house continues to lack: a toilet; a bathtub; a stove; a fridge; and furniture.

I'm working on that.

At any rate, I still want to say that it's NOT THAT BAD, PEOPLE. I mean, I admit that I'm not there so much at night, but I have yet to have one negative experience, at least not compared with life on the south side. (In other words, yes there's trash and a few broken down cars and lots of unemployed people, but it's no worse -actually it's better- than the Whittier hovel in which I currently reside, just a quick walk from the esteemed Lyn-Lake.)

Don't get me wrong - Willard-Hay(Homewood?) is no Linden Hills. These things are best evaluated on a block-by-block basis though. There are good and not-quite-as-good blocks in most neighborhoods, and I have to say that my NoMpls block is BETTER than my Whitter block. When compared to my previous Powderhorn and Phillips blocks, I'd say that so far it ranks about even.

Of course, when I buy and fix up the houses on either side of mine, it will surpass even Linden Hills - just you wait... :-)

Ranty Hills.

I like the sound of that.

10 comments:

Erica M said...

Ranty Hills! Awesome.

Honduras Sprout said...

Evaluate block by block. That's very true!
I'm glad you are liking your "hood".

thephoenixnyc said...

Sure, everyone's a liberal til they get mugged. ; 0

Anonymous said...

Willard Hay has some decent spots. It is definetly on a block by block basis though.

michelle said...

i love your blog--it's such a hoot! i hope things don't get so good that you don't have anything left to rant about! :)

Honduras Sprout said...

Hey! Did you see the STrib artible (the one I read was on 4/20) about the north side shootings that happened recently near Waldo's? (just a few blocks from my old house) I didn't think it made the north side sound too good.
Ho-hum...

Ranty said...

Haha... I don't think I'll EVER stop ranting, no matter what I do or where I live!

Complaining seems to be in my genetic makeup. :-)

Oh and yes, HSprout, I did see the terrible story about those two guys who were killed. I don't even know what to say about that... it's so distressing.

Brandi said...

Wait, where is Waldo's? And no, I'm not making a "Where's Waldo?" joke. I'm actually wondering where the store is located and where the shootings took place. Actually, what happened with this shooting. Is there a link I can read?

Ranty said...

I don't know how to link in a comment, but here's the Strib story on it:

http://www.startribune.com/467/story/1128801.html

I had never heard of Waldo's before this, but evidently it's at 4700 N. 6th. Off the top of my head I can't even visualize that intersection, but I think they said it's in Lind-Bonahan, which is supposed to be one of the better parts of North.

Brandi said...

Oh, I totally know where this is. Do you know where the McDonald's in Camden is? Well, it's like a block up the street from there on Lyndale. Wow, this isn't really that far away from my house.