In today’s Strib: Lange says Stillwater has been ‘yuppified’:
Oscar-winning actress and native Minnesotan Jessica Lange spoke openly recently of the change she saw in her former part-time home of Stillwater. Her observations weren’t very kind.
“When we first moved to Stillwater, it still felt like a real place. It had a downtown with a hardware store, a furniture store, a clothing store,” she said in an interview Sunday with the New York Daily News to promote her newest film, “Bonneville,” which opens Friday.
“Now it’s all gift shops and these terrible condominiums,” she added. “It was a little town with a great deal of character. Everything gets yuppified, I guess.”
Northfield’s downtown still has a hardware store, a furniture store, clothing stores, and grocery stores. But might our downtown eventually suffer the same fate as Stillwater’s downtown? What, if anything, can be done to prevent it?