In Minneapolis, on a desolate lot where Don Blyly’s bookstore stood before being destroyed in the May riots, two men finish their cigarettes and then walk through a dangerous landscape filled with slippery debris and sharp objects. The city won’t let Blyly haul away his wreckage without a permit, and he can’t get a contractor to tell him how much it will cost to rebuild the store until that happens.
H/T: Star Tribune
The main reason for the different recoveries is simple: Minneapolis requires owners to prepay the second half of their 2020 property taxes in order to obtain a demolition permit. St. Paul does not.
“Minneapolis has not been particularly friendly toward business for some time,” said Blyly, who prepaid $8,847 in taxes last week but still hasn’t received his demolition permit. “They say they want to be helpful, but they certainly have not been.”
In the rioting and looting that broke out in the wake of George Floyd's death hundreds of millions of dollars in damage was done. Laura Ingraham recently toured the devastation in Minneapolis and talked to suffering business owners. Watch below.
Every business in Minneapolis should refuse to pay property taxes. What are they gonna do? Send the police? https://t.co/Uf6tKpMaO5— Tony Montanya (@A_Pederson_) August 13, 2020
WTH.— JustMe🇺🇸🥊 🏋🏻♀️ (@JustMe73forAll) August 13, 2020
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey allowed rioters and looters to destroy businesses throughout the city. Now those businesses must first prepay the rest of their 2020 property tax before the city will issue them a permit to rebuild. https://t.co/6gz7tLrmjR
Democrat Rule: Minneapolis Requires Owners of Businesses Destroyed in Riots to Pay Remaining 2020 Taxes Before They Will Offer Permit to Remove Burned Down Remains https://t.co/ORbC2awyod via @gatewaypundit— Jim Hoft (@gatewaypundit) August 13, 2020
These are images I took today of burned down and collapsed buildings in Minneapolis, this is what the rioters are doing, and some check marks want to see even more destruction. This is insane. pic.twitter.com/eAONKu9Gdo— Sophia (Gatekeeper) Narwitz (@SophNar0747) June 1, 2020
Some of the destruction near the Minneapolis Police 3rd Precinct at Minnehaha and Lake, which saw the worst of last week's unrest following the death of George Floyd in MPD custody. @StarTribune pic.twitter.com/bItnjlREBj— Aaron Lavinsky (@ADLavinsky) June 4, 2020
One person was shot and killed, and some buildings continue to burn after a night of demonstrations and looting in south Minneapolis. "It’s just destruction. And it makes me so sad, I can hardly stand it."https://t.co/4U0YGPoUw8 pic.twitter.com/xo2rr2suJQ— MPR News (@MPRnews) May 28, 2020
Yeah it’s crazy right now, people are looting all over not just Minneapolis. The destruction is immense from last night. pic.twitter.com/m9RbFvDJm0— Zach Waldauer (@zwal1901) May 28, 2020