A Bizzare Letter to the Editor

February 24, 2014 at 9:35 pm Leave a comment

By Andrew Richter

After reading the article about the proposed development of the former Kmart site, I can’t help but feel that this is a lost opportunity for the City of New Hope to redefine itself as something other than just another generic suburb. As people are rethinking and reanalyzing the requirements of what they are looking for in the places they live, urban-style neighborhoods are experiencing a renaissance.


These urban-style neighborhoods provide benefits such as being pedestrian and bicycle friendly, having easy access to public transportation and providing an abundance of local retail and restaurants. None of these benefits are located anywhere in the current proposal.

I’m sorry what stops someone from riding their bike or walking? We live in Minnesota!! You can’t walk or bike everywhere all the time!

In the Twin Cities and across the country, walkable neighborhoods are where people are moving to raise their kids and grow deeper community bonds that they find are hard to develop in the suburbs. This isn’t a trend, this is the future of where cities are going.

Ah, no it isn’t. People are moving further AWAY from public transit, out of the city and first and second ring suburbs.

The plan the city council voted for is another generic, vehicle-dependent, cookie-cutter, suburban development. Instead of pushing the City of New Hope forward, the council is dragging us down by focusing on an outdated model of what makes a place great to live.

Wait a minute, cars are out-dated and walking isn’t?

A grocery store and the 500-650 estimated jobs it brings won’t matter if people don’t want to live here.

Why can’t they drive to the grocery store from where they live?

It is hard to understand why the council is locked in on a single large retail tenant when that is the gaping hole that they are looking to fill.

They have already bet on the suburban model with their selection of a bland housing development at the former Winnetka Learning Center site. Now they are doubling down with their selection of the Anderson Companies’ proposed plan for the former Kmart site.

Instead the council should focus on planting the seeds of change for the future of New Hope, growing smartly and organically with an eye towards more mixed-use zoning and development.

Smart Growth??? NOOOOOOO!!!!!

As people we are supposed to learn from our past mistakes while changing and adapting for the future. My hope is that city leadership will realize their error and take time to think about what they really want New Hope to be when it grows up. Maybe in time the city will even live up to its name.

Sounds like this guy has read Agenda 21!

Derek Ellingson

New Hope

For once I’m on the side of the New Hope City Council……despite the fact I think they could screw up a one car parade.

Opinion Piece


Entry filed under: Agenda 21, City Government, Community, New Hope.

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