Shootings, stabbings, fights, and other violence had become par for the course outside some clubs in downtown Minneapolis this summer, but the city says its latest plan to fight back is working -- at least, so far.
Minneapolis city leaders say their quest to make downtown a safe place isn't over yet, and that's why they hope to revoke the liquor licenses at two clubs while changing the licensing system so that the city will be able to unilaterally change the terms of licenses in the future relating to 18-and-up nights.
Though things have been getting better in the Warehouse District, that's still a small area -- and a short period of time, to consider.
There seems to be a certain cycle to the troubles plaguing the Warehouse District. Things get bad, violence breaks out, police step in, and things get better. After saturating the area with officers during the past three weekends, the city of Minneapolis felt it finally had something to celebrate.
"We've made significant progress," said Inspector Ed Frizell, of the Minneapolis Police Department. "Our initial movement showed a 45 percent decrease."
Yet, as of Monday, there have been 438 cases of violent crime downtown this year. That's a 52 percent increase over the same time last year, and a 31 percent increase over two years ago. To politicians, that's a trend. Three weeks is an anecdote.
So, the city is getting tough on another front and is trying to revoke the liquor licenses at two problem night clubs -- Envy and Bootleggers -- even though the clubs ended their under-21 nights.
Neither Bootleggers nor Envy returned a call for comment on this story.