Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Sidewalk wars: Proposal creating 'organized chaos' in Edina

Author:

A proposal to add sidewalks throughout Edina, including along many residential streets, has led to a battle between neighbors.

City officials have proposed a detailed plan to add walkways to heavily traveled streets over the next 20-30 years at the request of residents in its quality of life surveys – but the plan is being met with heated resistance from many in the affluent suburb.

Russ Thompson, an Edina resident, told the Sun Current the proposal will create "organized chaos" and "will pit neighbors against each other."

Supporters want the sidewalks to make streets friendlier to bikers and walkers, and the city supports this plan in hopes of attracting millennials, the Star Tribune reports.

"Sidewalks and minor traffic calming modifications will slow speeding traffic and make it safer and more comfortable for pedestrians," William David wrote in a comment on the plan online.

However, many longtime residents have a laundry list of reasons why they oppose sidewalks, saying they'll lose part of their yard, which will disrupt landscaping and could lower property value, according to online comments on the plan. They are also concerned about who will shovel the sidewalk, the liabilities if someone fell and potential property tax effects, the Sun Current says.

“We have a beautiful, natural neighborhood and now they want to citify it, make it like Minneapolis,” Grace McNeill, who has lived in Edina for 41 years, told the Star Tribune.

Many residents made it a point to say much of the city has lived without sidewalks for decades and they've been fine, so they don't need to add them now, reports note.

The city held public meetings this week on the citywide sidewalk network map, and for the most part people who attended were against the sidewalks. Residents also commented on the plan online; those were mostly in favor of the proposal.

The city plans to vote on the proposal in December.

Next Up

Dalvin Cook

Report: Dalvin Cook has dislocated shoulder, will undergo MRI

The Vikings running back was carted off the field in Sunday's loss to the 49ers.

Kirk Cousins

Watch: Kirk Cousins lines up under guard on critical 4th down play

Kirk Cousins went "Full Kirk" at the worst possible time.

Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook injured, Vikings drop crucial game against 49ers

The Vikings couldn't stop the Niners' rushing attack in a 34-26 loss.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Man airlifted to a hospital after police shooting in Forest Lake

Police allege that the man presented a threat to officers.

Minnesota Wild

Wild's two third-period goals take down the Lightning

Ryan Hartman's go-ahead goal defeated the two-time defending champions.

Byron Buxton

Reports: Twins reach extension with Byron Buxton

The long-term deal locks in one of the Twins' franchise players.

Justin Jefferson

Vikings-49ers: 5 things you can count on

Sunday's matchup is a pivotal game in the NFC playoff picture.

Gopher Football

Watch: Gophers troll Badgers with 'Jump Around' after Saturday's win

First they took Paul Bunyan's Axe. Then they took their tradition.

Brandon Richart, missing person

Search underway for missing man in Anoka area

Brandon Richart was last seen Nov. 17.

U.S. Bank Stadium

5 teams win first state championships at Prep Bowl

A pair of records fell as the Prep Bowl lived up to the hype.

Related