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Minneapolis city workers clear homeless encampment in the median of Franklin Avenue

Neighbors complained of gunshots, discarded needles and encampment residents stumbling into traffic


October 6, 2021

David Joles, Star Tribune

City of Minneapolis workers and officials cleared out a a homeless encampment in a median near the intersection of Franklin and Cedar avenues Tuesday in Minneapolis. Here, a truck driver with rubbish from the camp watched from his truck as he drove by.

Minneapolis city workers arrived early Tuesday to clear dozens of tents that had been staked in the median along congested East Franklin Avenue near Cedar Avenue South.

Police directed traffic as yellow-vested regulatory services workers used Bobcat loaders to scoop up a crush of bicycles, clothes and furniture into dump trucks. They encountered no protesters, a contrast with the failed effort to clear another encampment on the Near North Side in March that led to a violent clash.

The encampment at Franklin and Cedar had been growing since about July, said City Council Member Jamal Osman. Both streets are county roads, so despite constituents' daily complaints about sanitation and people wandering into traffic, the city's attorneys opined that the city couldn't evict without orders from the county, according to Osman's office.


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