The problems facing Minnesota’s small businesses: higher crime
Violent crime is exploding in Minneapolis.
Figure 1 shows the number of homicides in Minneapolis for the period from January 1 to June 8 in the current year and each of the previous 13 years. The average number of homicides over that period was 13 from 2008 to 2019. The number for 2021 is more than double that and is more than twice the number for 11 of the previous 13 years. This is a very real problem, and not just a “panic” as someone on social media said last week.
Figure 1: Homicides in Minneapolis, January 1 to June 8
It is starting to impose an economic cost. On Sunday, WCCO reported:
The owner of Juut Salonspa says the Uptown Minneapolis location will close due to “continued escalation of crime and violence in our neighborhood.”
“I would be heartbroken if any of our team or clients got hurt,” David Wagner wrote on Facebook.
The salon has been at Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street in various incarnations since 1986, according to Wagner. It officially became Juut Salonspa in 1999.
“We loved being part of the daily dynamic that an urban location provides, however, it has become more and more evident that Uptown continues to struggle with store closings, social unrest, crime, and street closures,” Wagner said.