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... :-)
I like the sound of that.