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Why Minneapolis bans metal security shutters?


Ruins of several businesses destroyed in Minneapolis during George Floyd riots
Credit: Fibonacci Blue/Wikipedia/Creative Commons 2.0

After the recent riots in Minneapolis that saw over 1,500 businesses damaged, looted and many completely destroyed, business owners want to install metal security shutters in front of their storefronts to protect their businesses from vandals and looting.

But apparently that is illegal in Minneapolis because city politicians believe that such protective barriers leave the impression the city is unsafe.

The Daily Wire explains:

Minneapolis’ sister city, St. Paul, allows business owners to install external shutters if they acquire a permit. But Minneapolis officials said in a report that external shutters “cause visual blight” and imply that an area is “unsafe” and “troublesome,” the Star Tribune reported. […]

Chicago-Lake Liquors owner John Wolf, who lost $1 million worth of liquor to looters when they shattered the floor-to-ceiling windows of his business in May, told the Star Tribune, “Times have changed, I am going to spend millions of dollars to bring my business back, and I don’t want to buy 20 window panes and have them broken the first day. Property owners should have options on how to protect themselves.”

READ: Minneapolis Code Bars Business Owners From Installing Security Shutters To Protect Their Business

And if that wasn’t enough bad news. READ: Riot-Ravaged Minneapolis Businesses Can’t Rebuild Because the Insurance Won’t Cover It

Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without the mainstream media telling us that they were peaceful riots:

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