Downtown Duluth Safety

A dead body was found in Lake Place Park on Monday. I wonder if the police could set up a mini police station in the park. What do you think?



about 12 years ago

Lake Place Park is a containment zone.

about 12 years ago

I think a mini police station would make it difficult for me to sneak off trail to smoke pinchies by the lake. It's bad enough I have to worry about some tourista walking up on me mid toke.

Barrett Chase

about 12 years ago

I'm not sure if you're being facetious, but police are saying that the death in Lake Place Park does not appear to be suspicious.


about 12 years ago

Mini police station in the park... Like a blue and white pup tent? Maybe a Tardis? Porta potty?


about 12 years ago

There was a report on finding a 53 year old dead woman in the park but I haven't found any followup on the story. Not suspicious in nature but you peaked my curiosity and now I would like to be updated.
Anyone know if more information has been found?


about 12 years ago

The woman was homeless and word from her "street family" is that she was beat up and left for dead.  It's a rumor, of course, and such persons' word may not be the most reliable but it's a rumor that's floating around.


about 12 years ago

If a mini police tent is going to be set up it should be in Portland square park.

A guy shot himself in the head last week. A few days after a 2 year old was found alone with no parents.


about 12 years ago

The police certainly could set up a station anywhere they please- but I think that would be a very, very bad idea. Turning a city into a police state, NYC-style, certainly "reduces crime" on paper but comes at a heavy cost. Lots of people will be arrested -- and worse -- for very minor non-violent offenses and a general atmosphere of distrust and resentment will develop as the police force inevitably places the profits of business owners and their investors and the comfort of tourists over the happiness, health and even the lives of the poor, young or homeless.

I'd like to say this isn't the case but in every city I've lived with a population over 50,000 or so and a large police force, the police end up corrupt, alienated and brutal -- abusing the very people they are supposed to protect. If the woman who died in Lake Place park was homeless, a police station would have made things worse. As Vicarious observed, Lake Place park is a "containment zone" -- homeless, transients and youth are allowed to be there because it keeps them out of sight of tourists and upper-middle-class shoppers downtown and especially Canal Park. When the police start occupying the few public spaces where people with no financial means/alternative lifestyles are tolerated, that's when the arrests and beatings go through the roof. 

These are personal observations from staying in cities large and small in 26 states as well as first-hand accounts from people of many castes. The string of violence is troubling to me but be careful what you wish for. Criminals aren't the only ones who beat, rob and kidnap for questionable reasons.

about 12 years ago

Though a string of violins would be pretty neat. Much better than a pile of burning banjos.

Or maybe not. We shall see when Steve Martin comes to town.


about 12 years ago

I worked on a proposal for Lake Place that I just finished up a few weeks ago after several years of work (OK, OK, several years of work off and on but still).  Anyway, it is in my opinion one of the city's most underutilized gems.  I've been meaning to share the research here somewhere but it's not quite ready for prime time yet, that and I can't figure out how to put an enormous PDF online on a site that is freely and easily accessible.  

Mrs. Goose and I took a stroll through the park tonight without incident, and it was still and beautiful.


about 12 years ago

Too bad the city dropped the ball on the Muffler Clinic property.

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