‘Miss Linda’ officially buys home after Powderhorn community rallies to overturn her eviction
A beloved member of Minneapolis’ Powderhorn community is officially staying in her home after being faced with the threat of eviction in February.
The Southside community pitched in to make sure Linda Taylor could be their neighbor for good.
If you live in the Powderhorn neighborhood, it’s a good chance you’ve crossed paths with Linda Taylor.
“We have a lot of good people in the neighborhood, but she’s the brightest star of it. Everyone likes her,” Steven Smith, Powderhorn neighbor, said. “I’m so happy things worked out for her.”
Southsiders call her “Miss Linda.” She’s known for her green thumb and kind spirit.
Taylor planted her seed in the community as a volunteer decades ago by helping the homeless or anyone who needs it.
She explained happiness starts at home.
“This house is very much a part of me,” Taylor said.
Earlier this year, staying in her home was not an option. After 19 years of renting the home, she was faced with the threat of eviction from a landlord.
The news sent shockwaves throughout the community.
“I just talked to one person and that one person said, ‘There’s no way, Miss Linda, you are going to move,’” Taylor said.
After months of demonstrations, the 70-year-old was given the option to buy her home before the end of June.
Donations started pouring in, bringing Miss Linda to a moment she’ll never forget.
“Yesterday I went and did the closing for the house,” Taylor said.
She said $275,000 in donations from the community made it happen.
“It makes me feel so good,” Taylor said. “Everything that I have given, it’s coming back to me and I want to continue to give. I love this neighborhood.”
Taylor said this marks the start of a new chapter and another opportunity to stick around and give back.
“When we are sticking together, we are going to be successful in our neighborhood. We’re going to take care of each other,” Taylor said.
The neighborhood is throwing a block party 11 a.m. June 5 at 1010 36th St. E. in Minneapolis to celebrate Miss Linda and the community’s accomplishment.