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Old 07-10-2015, 08:32 AM
 
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I've lived in Minot over 10 years now, and something that's always bothered me is the overall uncleanliness of the city. Many business fronts are overgrown with prairie grass or weeds, or else are unswept and covered in layers of dirt/grime left over from winter and will stay that way until the next winter. Roads are pockmarked with potholes, garbage can be seen in many ditches or sloughs, and many yards look grungy or unkempt. I'm not talking about flood-zone zombie homes that are still run down or in condemned states 4 years later... I mean even the newer neighborhoods or businesses in the area look like ghetto areas at times. Maybe I'm just being overcritical, but who knows.

I realize that I am also part of the problem and could be doing more to revitalize the city, but I'm curious as to why Minot seems to have a history of trashiness to it. I look at other cities in ND, such as Bismarck or Fargo, and they are much cleaner in comparison. Do our city officials just not care enough to make changes, or are the quality of home and business owners here just apathetic?

Don't get me wrong either, I'm not bashing the city. I own a home here and love Minot and the surrounding areas, but this issue has always bugged me. Thoughts?

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Old 07-10-2015, 09:51 AM
 
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I take it you've never been to Valley City?

I think Valley City would take top honors for that title.
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Old 07-10-2015, 12:09 PM
 
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I take it you've never been to Valley City?

I think Valley City would take top honors for that title.
I've been through a couple times but never stopped in town. It's that bad, eh?

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Old 07-10-2015, 01:25 PM
 
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Minot and Valley City are hilly, so it is much harder to mow, grass does t get watered when it should, so dirt a d garbage just show more. Hillsides in prairie towns are just more unkempt than in flat towns, which are much easier to keep sightly.
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Old 07-10-2015, 02:16 PM
 
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I've been through a couple times but never stopped in town. It's that bad, eh?
IMO Valley City has so much hidden potential, but is hindered by poor city planning going back decades.

I feel the same way about Hwy 281 south of Jamestown what an ugly mess
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Old 07-13-2015, 03:01 AM
 
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Dickinson has been that way for years as well, but now with all that new-found money from oil there should be no excuse ...

You have to let your voice be heard at the city meetings, this state in general is way too conservative when it comes to spending money on infrastructure...
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Old 07-13-2015, 08:20 AM
 
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Dickinson has been that way for years as well, but now with all that new-found money from oil there should be no excuse ...

You have to let your voice be heard at the city meetings, this state in general is way too conservative when it comes to spending money on infrastructure...
Dickinson didn't look too bad last I drove through, but I didn't go too far off the beaten path. Lots of new development down there too, reminiscent of Minot.
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Old 07-13-2015, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Williston, ND
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Meh. Minot looks a lot better than Williston. It just needs to take care of zombie town.
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