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BEST LOCAL BLOG Minneapolis 2010 - The Adventures of Johnny Northside

If you're a sex offender who lives in north Minneapolis, Johnny Northside is on to you. If you're a slumlord who owns properties there, Johnny will track your every move. Same goes for drug dealers, shoddy storefront renovators, and proprietors of crime-ridden strip malls. The old "Neighborhood Watch" signs that went up a few decades back might as well have stickers with the Adventures of Johnny Northside's URL pasted over them, because John Hoff's single-minded dedication to shedding light on NoMi blight is matched only by his irreverence for the people causing it. (One memorable headline: "Whorehouse Mattresses Hit the Dumpster at 2700 Morgan Ave. N.") Part police blotter, part political gossip sheet, and part community bulletin, Johnny's blog is widely read among community members and Minneapolis cops alike. And while it's been a lightning rod for controversy—its targets have a habit of trying to get his site pulled off Blogspot—it's also beaten many other publications to the punch in unearthing crimes and clarifying the details that traditional journalism doesn't always follow up on.

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DT
DT

NEWS Mpls - Hawthorne Neighborhood Council Board member, John Hoff, endorses buying stolen property from strangers on street corners. Read how he rationalizes his unlawful behavior, and promotes crime when it suits his needs. Read the full article and comments at:http://adventuresofjohnnynorth...

Jerome
Jerome

How this paper could pick such a sick and demented, child abusing psychopath as their favorite blogger is unexplainable. His predatory behavior makes him worse than the sex offenders he blogs about. Read this blog to learn about the real John Hoff and make sure you read the comments: 1) http://misadventuresofjohnnyno...

2)http://misadventuresofjohnnyno...

MeganG.
MeganG.

Congratulations to Johnny Northside and thanks to City Pages for the recognition. This guy spends countless hours pouring energy into his blog and it's not a revenue generating endeavor, maybe a few google bucks to put towards internet bills, so all the time spent blogging & gathering the material comes in between working for a living. It's nice to see him get some recognition instead of most of the time all he is getting is hassle from the folks who are upset that he's tipping their apple cart!

And for the people reading this and reading the Johnny Northside blog I have some suggestions: Get to NoMi! It's a wonderful place to buy a (bargain) house with tons of character, NO AIRPORT NOISE, close to downtown, right next door to Nordeast (voted best right here on CP), lots of great things going on in NoMi so buy while the price is still right and enjoy the appreciation in your property while becoming part of something positive and fun!

If you are interested, a bunch of us NoMi Homies will gather at Good Sports Bar & Grill (corner of Bway & 2nd st) on Sunday May 2nd 4-8 for an all around NoMi social event, prospective neighbors welcome!

See facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/#!/eve...

John Hoff
John Hoff

I think it would be good to mention the "crime ridden strip mall" in question. That would be Hawthorn (sic) Crossings, owned by Sherman Associates in the Hawthorne (note spelling) neighborhood.

Maybe the strip mall "Hawthorn" once had an "e," but it was probably stolen by crackheads.

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