Concrete demolition in Minnesota is often part of the efforts to halt the progress of urban decline. Run-down, deteriorated buildings can be demolished and new ones constructed in their place. Sometimes green space is added, such as a park or a small sitting area where people can relax during lunch breaks or while shopping in the neighborhood. Often, the old buildings have been abandoned for a long time and no longer serve any purpose.
The urban decline, also called urban blight and urban decay, affects practically every large city in the country, and a large number of medium-sized and small cities. Economic factors have caused problems for many residents and business owners, leading to foreclosure, abandonment or the inability to take care of the building. Entire blocks of buildings become affected in this way in some metropolitan areas and medium-sized cities.
Community residents typically want to make their cities nicer places in which to live. Concrete Demolition in Minnesota sometimes is part of that process. Even when people living or working in the neighborhood feel somewhat nostalgic or sentimental about some of the old structures, not all of those buildings could or even should be saved. Abandoned, shabby buildings can become harbors for drug users and other criminals, as well as unsafe illegal residences for homeless individuals.
The Twin Cities region doesn’t get as much national media attention in regard to urban blight as other cities that were hard hit by economic problems in the past few decades. Yet both Minneapolis and St. Paul have had their own problems with foreclosure, property abandonment and the condition of some old buildings progressively worsening. Someone who buys these structures is likely to have urban renewal and rejuvenation in mind, but first, the existing buildings must be torn down by a contractor such as Nitti Roll-Off Services, Inc., and the material hauled away. In some instances, when the government has taken over a lot because of years of unpaid property taxes, they offer it to bidders or for a very inexpensive set price. The intention is to have someone buy it who will help with improvement efforts in the city.