Downtown Minneapolis Unprepared for Influx of Children

The amount of children under five has jumped in downtown Minneapolis, which is posing problems for the city and its school system.
July 20, 2011, 8am PDT | Nate Berg
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"The number of kids under age 5 living in downtown neighborhoods has tripled since 2000, according to newly released U.S. census figures. The 2010 census counted 444 small children in the area from the Mill District through downtown and along the Mississippi River to Plymouth Avenue.

The rapid growth, coupled with increases in older children as well, is the most telling evidence to date that downtown's swelling population is much more than young professionals and empty nesters."

Nearby schools and family-oriented amenities are in short supply in the area.

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Published on Monday, July 18, 2011 in Minneapolis-St.Paul Star Tribune
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