13 reasons Minneapolis needs to move beyond Intentional Communities

In the videos below, City Council Members Lisa Bender and Jacob Frey make some compelling arguments for why we should ease occupancy restrictions for all people living in Minneapolis, and for why we shouldn’t limit housing opportunities to a select few who live in strictly defined “intentional communities.”

[For a detailed discussion of problems with the intentional communities ordinance, read my earlier post]

Thread of short clips for why this ordinance is terrible. First, the rule against against “transients” (my favorite euphemism for renter) pic.twitter.com/2vTM55IVtb

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The requirement that ID match your home address which I can only guess is meant to target students for exclusion. pic.twitter.com/Dm6vfwjH9Z

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The requirement that your household is a democracy with a constitution of some kind. That’s dumb. pic.twitter.com/Ww5kD8h0wX

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Sharing costs for food and other expenses. pic.twitter.com/azosXciKcU

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Here’s a good argument: why are we getting into people’s private business to dictate who can legally live with who. pic.twitter.com/K0fsfsD8UL

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The racial implications of requiring people to comply with these rules and all the notarized paperwork. pic.twitter.com/gORUL38mNQ

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We should acknowledge the racist history of zoning. pic.twitter.com/YBUEuPZkxh

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Good neighbors can live in all kinds of different housing types. pic.twitter.com/WH7HLIamJ4

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There are already regulations related to nuisance properties. Enforce those. pic.twitter.com/VXBV3ik9p9

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We shouldn’t force people to “notarize their situation” because 4 unrelated people want to live together. That’s obvious. pic.twitter.com/UJEQ2JKert

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Big old beautiful homes. Stop making assumptions about which kinds of people get to live in them. pic.twitter.com/pZTFCWsXwy

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The city can’t enforce rules about these incredibly personal parts of people’s lives. pic.twitter.com/6VPJjWIog3

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Most important thing that’s wrong with this ordinance: it’s forcing Jacob Frey into showing how bad he is at coming up with fake names. pic.twitter.com/6gRgdgXSq1

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