Letter of the Day (Jan. 24): Dinkytown

  • Updated: January 23, 2013 - 7:22 PM

The development showdown, last time around.

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Group protesting demolition of Dinkytown stores picket the site. (April, 1970)

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In the spring of 1970, my father drove our family down to Dinkytown to see the People's Park that the protesters had created on the site where a Red Barn chain restaurant was going to be built.

"Look at it!" my dad said with a big smile on his face. "Isn't that just great?"

It was impressive, but I reminded my ultraconservative father that he had never liked college protesters.

"I know, but you've got to admire what they accomplished here. It took a lot of guts."

Wouldn't it be refreshing to see today's protesters show some of the same pluck as their compatriots from the past? ("Development plans create a Dinkytown showdown," Jan. 22.)

Long live Dinkytown!

JON BALCH, EDINA

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