The Belle of the Block

Tame the wilds of Park Avenue? There's the right way, the wrong way, and the Donna Ellringer way

The answer lies in whether you see the Victorian dream, or the dream of exclusion. Ellringer is in her car again, scouting the streets of her neighborhood. Sailing past the corner of Portland and Franklin avenues, she points out the window. That, she exclaims, is where the Starbucks could go! One day, she contemplates, she might like to trade in her vigilante role for a nine-to-five job managing that Starbucks. Then, really only then, will she know her mission has been accomplished. Ellringer trains her watchful eye back on the road, on all the people clustered here and there on the sidewalks, her cell phone at the ready. "Hi, Minneapolis Police Department? Donna Ellringer here..."

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