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Old 02-04-2013, 01:01 AM
 
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Yes that crime rate for Hilltop was interesting, I remember that it had one murder which skyrocketed it to the top because of it's tiny population, under 800? It became almost infamous for it.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:20 AM
 
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I've always felt a little sorry for Hilltop -- about the only time you ever hear about it in the news is when there's a story about its astronomical per capita.crime rate! Granted, I wouldn't want to live there, but not because of its crime statistics. There's a major commercial corridor going through there, so any kind of crime there really boosts the overall numbers and gives a misleading sense of the area. Hilltop's kind of a weird place, though, and definitely unique in the Twin Cities. I think they get most, but not all, of their city services from Columbia Heights, but for whatever reason they've been able to hang on as their own independent city this long!
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:05 AM
 
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I've always felt a little sorry for Hilltop -- about the only time you ever hear about it in the news is when there's a story about its astronomical per capita.crime rate! Granted, I wouldn't want to live there, but not because of its crime statistics. There's a major commercial corridor going through there, so any kind of crime there really boosts the overall numbers and gives a misleading sense of the area. Hilltop's kind of a weird place, though, and definitely unique in the Twin Cities. I think they get most, but not all, of their city services from Columbia Heights, but for whatever reason they've been able to hang on as their own independent city this long!
There is a similar thing in Iowa City, where there is a little enclave called University Heights that is completely surrounded by Iowa City. They contract almost all of their city services from Iowa City but are technically (and fiercely!) independent. They have very little commercial tax base though, so there are some who say they probably will have to fold their charter eventually.
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