Ward 8 Update Newsletters July 10, 2015

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
Visit us at www.minneapolismn.gov/ward8

July 10, 2015

CONTACT INFORMATION

Elizabeth Glidden
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-673-2208
elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov

 

OFFICE HOURS

Every Monday morning, 9-11:00 a.m.
Sabathani Community Center 
310 E 38th Street, 1st floor hallway nearest to the parking lot

Call for an appointment or just
drop by!

 

 

City of Lakes

Congratulations to Pride parade Grand Marshal Andrea Jenkins

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Promoting a theme of Trans Lives Matter, Andrea Jenkins made history as the 2015 Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade Grand Marshal.  Andrea led a parade contingent that highlighted Trans*Equity, and was supported by the Minneapolis City Council which carried a banner honoring Andrea and supporting Trans*Equity.  Congratulations Andrea!


Ward 8 Slow Roll Family Bicycle Ride July 22nd

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Ward 8 Slow Roll Family Bicycle Ride
Wednesday July 22, 6 pm
Ride kickoff location: 3800 3rd Ave S (corner of 38th St and 3rd Ave)

Join Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, Major Taylor Bicycling Club co-founder Anthony Taylor, and the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition for a “Slow Roll” on Wednesday July 22.

We will meet at 3800 3rd Ave S, the site of Anthony Taylor’s new development project - a bike center that will focus on bridging the racial cycling gap and contribute to the vitality of E 38th Street.   We are excited for you to join us for a casual family ride planned through Ward 8 neighborhoods, visiting some fun Ward 8 locations along the way.  See you on July 22!


Body Cameras for police – Public Input Meeting

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Hosted by MPIRG
Saturday July 11, 10 am
Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th Street

Minneapolis residents are invited to voice their opinions on police body cameras at three listening sessions over the next two months that are supposed to help guide the research and drafting of the Minneapolis Police Department's policy on the cameras' use.

Topics that will be discussed at the sessions include when body cameras should be turned on and off, how to protect the privacy of those recorded, and public access to body camera footage.


Minneapolis Restricts Sales

of Flavored Tobacco

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Following the lead of Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, and other cities that have regulated flavored tobacco, the Minneapolis City Council took strong action on July 10 to regulate sales of these products.  While the federal government banned flavored cigarettes in 2009, and has for some time banned marketing of cigarettes in a way attractive to children (i.e. banning cartoon character Joe Camel), gaps were left allowing products such as cigars to be marketed with candy-like packaging and flavors such as chocolate, grape, and pineapple. 

Council Member Glidden was a strong supporter of these changes which were prompted by Minneapolis youth and health groups, including the Minneapolis Youth Congress and the WE WIN Institute, concerned about the health hazards of tobacco products marketed to youth.

With the ordinance approved July 10, flavored tobacco can only be sold in tobacco shops, and is prohibited in grocery stores, gas stations, and other stores open to young customers.  The ordinance also sets pricing for cigars.  Thank you to Council Members Cam Gordon and Blong Yang, authors of these new regulations, for their work making this important change impacting health outcomes for youth and adults in Minneapolis.


Minneapolis Reduces Parking Requirements for Multiunit Residential Buildings

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The Minneapolis City Council has unanimously approved a zoning change to reduce parking requirements for multi-unit residential buildings, with Council Member Glidden a proud supporter.  Prior to the change, apartment buildings were required to provide a parking space for every dwelling unit.

With the reform approved today, buildings 50 units and less will not have parking space requirements if the building is within one-quarter mile of frequent bus service or one-half mile of rail service.  Larger buildings will have parking requirements reduced by 50 percent.  Minneapolis follows the example of other cities, including St Paul, in seeking how to take better advantage of access to reliable transit near housing developments.

Some results of this change will be to increase opportunity for efficient development on smaller lots and to make housing more affordable by reducing costly parking requirements that don’t match market need at a property.  These changes will not affect parking requirements for single family homes and duplexes. 


Minneapolis Approves

Protected Bikeways Plan

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The Minneapolis City Council has unanimously approved a protected bikeway update to the Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan.  You can learn more about the plan here.

The long-awaited City protected bikeway plan provides a smart blueprint for the critical first stage of building out that network. It lays out a system of up to 55 new miles of protected bikeways, 44 miles of which are identified as "Tier 1" or "Tier 2" projects that should be implemented in the next five years or so. When implemented, this plan will achieve the City’s target of 30 new miles of protected bikeways built by 2020 established in the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan.


Improvements Planned for 38th Street Bridge over I-35W

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The City is moving forward with needed safety improvements near the 38th Street bridge over 35W. Recently, the City evaluated traffic at the intersections of 38th and Stevens and 38th and 2nd Ave. These evaluations provided the basis for some planned safety improvements, including striping and ballard installation at the 38th and Stevens intersection (which has the highest traffic and accident counts) and hopefully also at the 38th Street and 2nd Avenue intersection.

The proposed lane striping will help align the vehicles on Stevens and move the vehicles away from the curb to improve sightlines at the intersection.

The painted curb extensions are an interim style of curb extension implemented using paint and vertical, flexible delineators. Curb extensions may have the following benefits:

• Increased pedestrian visibility at intersections through improved sight lines
• Decreased pedestrian exposure to vehicles by reducing exposed crossing distance
• Reduced vehicle turn speeds by physically and visually narrowing the roadway
• Reduced illegal parking at corners crosswalks and bus stops

Based on the data obtained, Minneapolis Public Works has also requested a traffic signal for 38th and Stevens, as that intersection meets “traffic warrants” for a signal needed to improve safety for vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists. The traffic signal would, according to Public Works, be installed in 2017/18 when the 38th Street bridge is planned for redecking by MnDOT.

Finally, Public Works is also working with MnDOT on proposed permanent safety improvements to the bridge itself and the surrounding intersections, such as wider sidewalks and other safety supporting infrastructure. Public Works will engage with neighbors this year (2015) to finalize a proposal on improvements and longer term vision for improvements to the 38th Street corridor for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit, and other vehicles.


President Nelson Mandela

International Day

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A United Nations designated day, Nelson Mandela Day, will be held around the globe annually on July 18th, Nelson Mandela’s birthday. This year in Minneapolis a FREE festive celebration will be held at:

Sabathani Community Center , 310 38th Street, Minneapolis
Saturday July 18, 1-4 pm

Hosted by South Africa Consul General-Chicago, Minnesota South African Consul, Sister City International, Meet Minneapolis, International Leadership Institute, Sabathani Community Center, Voice of Culture Drum and Dance, and Minnesota African American Museum.