August 8, 2012 by Sarah M
//By Jeremy Zoss//
Three weeks after a press conference announcing new measures to combat late-night crime in the Warehouse District, the City of Minneapolis is reporting positive results. Violent crime is down 45 percent compared to the previous three weeks, said 1st Precinct Inspector Eddie Frizell.
Most violent crime in Minneapolis happens in the Warehouse District between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. on weekends, especially Sundays. The city identified the 18 and up nights commonly held on Sundays as probable root causes for crime. Working with several clubs that were identified as problem establishments, the city created a voluntary set of guidelines, such as eliminating 18 and up nights at problem establishments.
The next step will be to make these changes permanent. The Minneapolis City Council has drafted new regulations that will allow the city to mandate changes rather than work with problem establishments. These new regulations, which are in the early stages of adoption, will allow the city to mandate permanent elimination of 18 and up nights, shortening of business hours, or other changes at problem clubs.
Mayor R.T. Rybak said he does not believe all 18 and up nights are bad, citing First Avenue as venue that holds the events properly. However, he did say that focusing on the events has yielded results.
“In the few weeks we’ve been focused on this issue, we’ve made significant progress,” said Rybak.