MDG 7: Improving Minneapolis
I was shocked to hear that 2,300 apartment units in Minneapolis had been converted to condominiums in the last 5 years. It makes sense, though. I have seen many of these nice, new, stylish living spaces. I, however, could probably never afford to live in one of these places, and I know that many families cannot either.
Design in Minneapolis needs to come back to help its actual citizens--not just 'utopian citizens' or 'prospective citizens' or the 'kind of citizens we want to attract' because Minneapolis already has thousands of citizens who are homeless or almost too that point, because of the high cost of housing.
Simple solutions that don't need to be invented, and don't cost massive amounts of money, are readily available.
Riverside Plaza, built by Ralph Rapson in 1971, is a prime example of a building that could use these solutions. Riverside was once a nice place to live, even aesthetically appealing. Today it has fallen into kind of a disrepair--but one that CAN be fixed.
By implementing just a few of these solutions, Riverside could become more self-sustaining, costing less money to keep up, resulting in lower housing costs!!!
-Water-saving shower heads
-Energy saving light bubs--even one per apartment
-High efficiency laundry machines
-Up to date, low-E windows
-New paint--ex: light/white-clean color; reflects the suns rays, helps to keep building cooler in summer;
More things are available, these are just a few options. Minneapolis can have lower income housing options that are decent and desirable for families and individuals. Low income families are human beings too, and they deserve a place to live just like everyone else. Smart design can bring us there.