Flashing lights and eardrum-ouch sirens often lead to the Light — the Harbor Light Center on Currie Avenue in downtown Minneapolis.
Minnesota’s largest homeless shelter sleeps 500 people while serving 1,000 daily meals. It represents the Salvation Army's flagship operation in the state.
It's also the city's most frequent destination for fire, police, and ambulances, according to the Minneapolis Police Department.
Last year, more than 2,200 calls for help summoned emergency personnel to 1010 Currie Ave. N., making it the heaviest user of paramedics and police by a long shot. It bested Minneapolis City Hall, located on Fifth St. S., by almost 1,100 calls.
Just 10 addresses accrued 8,914 dispatches last year. Among the locations most frequented: Cub Foods on West Broadway Avenue and the Target Store on Nicollet Mall, with 708 and 875 calls, respectively.
Among the most surprising emergency destinations were residential properties.
A three-story apartment building on 21st Avenue North was the subject of 276 calls — or 10 for each of its 27 units. A 30-unit Stevens Square apartment on Lasalle Avenue registered 105 calls. Another 114 targeted a multi-family building on Elliot Avenue South in the Phillips/Ventura Village area.