St. Louis Park considering ending "Crime free, drug free"

WCCO Radio Newsroom
August 03, 2020 - 9:43 am

The St. Louis Park city council is considering a proposal to end its so-called “crime-free drug-free” ordinance.

The controversial law has been on the books since 2008. A moratorium initiated at the end of 2018 allowed the city to conduct a review after complaints that tenants were unjustly evicted without a conviction. Due process and racial inequity were major concerns.

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A working group made up of tenants, landlords and community members met throughout 2019 to brainstorm ideas to modify or remove the ordinance.

On June 8th in a discussion with the working group, the council appeared to favor repealing the ordinance. The group said that they want to help promote safe, liveable rental properties and fit the needs of all stakeholders including tenants, owners and the community. 


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