Edina’s racist past is the focus of an “edit war” on Wikipedia. Eight times last year, a university student added information about the city’s history of racial exclusion to Edina’s Wikipedia page. And each time, the same anonymous Wikipedia reader/editor removed the information.
Minneapolis originally said it would seek at least $1.5 million for the land. But last week, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and City Council President Barb Johnson told neighboring cities that the land was worth more than they thought.
An Edina doctor and his wife have helped improve the lives of dozens of babies born with cleft lips and palates through Children’s Surgery International, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that sends volunteer medical teams to a half-dozen countries around the world.
City officials say the demolition was legal, but some neighbors are baffled and angry that the long fight to preserve the historic character of their block ended so abruptly. The home’s fate was considered on at least five separate occasions by the city’s Heritage Preservation Board.
A plan to build sidewalks in neighborhoods throughout Edina is erupting into a high-stakes fight about the city’s future — and what kind of identity a suburb should have in the 21st century if it wants to thrive.