Protection for old buildings in Dinkytown as neighborhood is classed 'historic'

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There will be greater protection for buildings in Minneapolis' Dinkytown after council members voted to designated parts of the neighborhood as historic Friday.

The Minnesota Daily reports that Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to make Dinkytown, near the University of Minnesota, a commercial historic district.

It will provide protection for buildings built during the "Streetcar Era" between 1899 to 1929, with the city deciding against expanding the provision to buildings built up to the 1970s.

It has been previously reported that the designation will protect the buildings built before 1930 from demolition, and make it more difficult for developers to build in certain parts of the area.

KARE 11 reports that the moves as the result of a grassroots campaign from Preserve Historic Dinkytown, which came after some of the old buildings in the area were torn down to make way for new developments.

The TV station adds that the city council will now discuss guidelines for new businesses and developers who want to move into Dinkytown's protected areas – which spans a couple of blocks from the center of Dinkytown.

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