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Airplane Noise Will Cause Home Values to Drop: SW Residents

MSP airport expansion debated at Monday open house.

Lake Harriet-area homeowners and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are on a collision course.

Monday night, the Metropolitan Airports Commission held its latest open house to discuss expansion plans aimed at making room for what the commission in traffic by 2025. In 2010, the airport drew around 437,000 passengers. According to the Star-Tribune, though, Southwest Minneapolis residents at the event trashed the commission's proposal.

Officials' claim that only 1,131 homes would need new sound-proofing was no comfort to Tom Knickelbine. "Every single person walking around Lake Harriet is going to feel this," said Knickelbine, who lives near the lake, where more noise and sound-proofing are expected. 

Other locals, including Minneapolis City Councilmember Sandy Colvin Roy (Ward 12), called for a new, more elaborate way of measuring airplane noise, which would be more sensitive to what residents say they experience.

Andrea Candlin October 02, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Too bad the Metropolitan Airport Commission can't see the value in one of the most enviromental diamonds in the Twin Cities. More people walk around Lake Harriet then any other lake in Minnesota. Not only are homeowners affected but also the Band concerts at the Band Stand, animals, and air/noise quality. Get creative and think of alternative!
James Sanna (Editor) October 02, 2012 at 10:35 PM
I'd be game for a switch to solar-powered or bicycle-powered planes. Would be a welcome change from that cramped steerage-class seating. http://youtu.be/eRyyKQQtYqg

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