The number of people who are living in Minneapolis Parks is growing. A month ago the park board voted to allow people to live in parks. There are now 35 encampments in parks around the city.
Powderhorn Park went from a few dozen residents to around 300 in a month. In that month, park police say there have been three sexual assaults, the most recent one involving a young girl.
Jon Sawyer owns an apartment building right beside Powderhorn Park. “Minneapolis deserves better than this,” he said.
“There’s been more complaints about police being called to address violence issue, a lot of stolen cars are turning up in our parking lot. We’ve had to deal with police about and we’ve had several residents in the building state they no longer feel safe living here and they plan to move,” he said.