Ward 8 Update Newsletters - January 27, 2016

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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January 27, 2016


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

Phone: 612-673-2208



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

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drop by!



City of Lakes

Tilsenbilt Homes Nominated

for Historic Designation

Photo by CPED Staff, 2015

On January 19, 2016, the Heritage Preservation Commission approved Council Member Elizabeth Glidden’s nomination of over 30 Tilsenbilt Homes for local historic designation.  You can read the City staff report here.  The Tilsenbilt Homes are a group of over 50 houses, in the Bryant and Regina neighborhoods, that were part of the first federally-supported commercial housing development in the nation that was open to homebuyers of all races. 

The Tilsenbilt Homes were constructed between 1954 and 1956 by Edward Tilsen with the help of realtor and philanthropist Archie Givens, Sr. Tilsen acquired 63 lots, on which he developed 53 homes. The Minneapolis Urban League was also involved in the Tilsenbilt Homes project; it had encouraged black realtors to work with the FHA to develop a new model for integrated commercial building projects.  This led to the involvement of Givens, who recruited Tilsen for the project and helped assemble the lots in South Minneapolis.  “This is a very welcomed project for the community to become more knowledgeable about this important part of history in the transition to integrated housing.  It was a blessing to have Archie Givens, Sr. be the real estate agent to help make it possible,” states Archie Givens, Jr.

Prior to the passage of the Fair Housing Act in 1968, housing discrimination based on factors such as race or religion was commonplace, and often encouraged by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA). Restrictive deed covenants and red-lining policies of realtor’s associations and major lenders fed the growth of housing segregation, particularly during the housing crisis that followed World War II. During this period, African Americans in Minneapolis were particularly affected. African Americans found that very few realtors or banks would allow them to purchase homes outside of established black neighborhoods. Between 1946 and 1952, over 9,500 single-family homes and duplexes were constructed in Minneapolis, of which only twelve were sold to African American buyers.

Prior to the nomination, the Ward 8 office worked with the Bryant Neighborhood Organization and the Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group to host three community meetings for Tilsenbilt home owners and near neighbors and reached out by mail, phone and door knocking. From this outreach, residents recommended that the City proceed with a nomination of Tilsenbilt Homes for local historic designation as one way to honor and preserve the Tilsenbilt Homes history.  The nomination included homeowners who “opted in” to the process; landlords were included if they did not “opt out.” 

Nominating homes for historic designation is the start of a long process that typically takes one year and involves reviews by State and City committees.  At the end of this process, the City Council must approve the properties proposed to be in the historic district.  We look forward to continuing to work with the property owners and South Minneapolis neighbors as part of this process.

Active Living Proposals for E 38th Street

Photo by Robert Ping, WALC Institute

AARP Minnesota has produced a report with great ideas for making E 38th Street better for walking and active living. You can view the report here.  

In 2015, AARP Minnesota partnered with the City of Minneapolis and Ward 8 community members to develop a vision and plan for the East 38th Street area (focusing on Nicollet to Chicago). AARP Minnesota offered its planning resources after participating in a 2015 community series called “The Future of E 38th Street,” convened by neighborhood and community groups and the Ward 8 office.

AARP Minnesota hosted an Active Living Workshop in October 2015 that included daytime and evening workshops, as well as a community walking audit of the E 38th Street area.

The final report, “Walkability and Active Living:  Building an Age-Friendly Neighborhood,” is now available for review.    

The report includes five Key Findings:

#1 E 38th Street has a rich history and strong assets

#2 There are strong concerns about gentrification (the “G” word) and its impact on longtime businesses and residents

#3 East 38th Street needs to become more bicycle and pedestrian friendly

#4 The 38th Street Bridge over I-35W serves as a barrier between communities east and west of the bridge

#5 Existing businesses and residents need resources to be able to thrive and grow with the corridor

It also includes an exciting list of short-term, mid-range, and long-term initiatives that are community goals and priorities.

Take a look at the report – any ideas that catch your attention?  Let the Ward 8 office know your feedback at (612) 673-2208 or Elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov.

Bicycle Friendly Streets in Ward 8


With bicycle lanes added to Chicago Avenue, Portland and Park bike lanes expanded and improved, what is next?  Bike lanes on Nicollet and installation of a protected bike lane on Blaisdell!

Bike Lanes on Nicollet:  40th Street to 61st Street


In the summer of 2016, Minneapolis Public Works will be sealcoating Nicollet Avenue South from East Minnehaha Parkway to 61st Street. There is also an opportunity to continue the project north of East Minnehaha Parkway to 40th Street. Both segments of Nicollet Avenue South are identified in the Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan. 

Today, Nicollet Avenue has one travel lane in each direction and parking on both sides of the street.  Due to the width of the street, bicycle lanes can be added without elimination of parking.

Protected Bike Lane on Blaisdell:  31st Street to 40th Street


In 2016, Minneapolis Public Works is planning to install a protected bike lane on Blaisdell Avenue South between 31st Street East and 40th Street East. In conjunction with 1st Avenue South, Blaisdell Avenue South is an important north-south bicycle connection between South Minneapolis and downtown. This segment of Blaisdell Avenue South is also identified on the Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan to include a protected bikeway.

What is a Protected Bikeway?

Not everyone feels comfortable and safe riding on a busy street, even with a regular bike lane. A protected bikeway creates a more comfortable space to ride that is physically separated from motor vehicle traffic. You can find out more about protected bikeways here.

Proposed Concept

Today, Blaisdell Avenue South has a conventional southbound bike lane, two southbound travel lanes, and parking on the east side of the street.  In order to install a protected bike lane, the proposed concept would remove one existing travel lane. Turn lanes will be provided approaching signalized intersections (35th St E, 36th St E, and 38th St E).  Public Works’ analysis indicates this change will not have a significant impact on traffic.  

Public Works will be discussing this concept with neighbors in Lyndale and Kingfield; look for updates on meeting opportunities.

Repeal proposed:

Congregating on the Streets


Councilmembers Glidden and Blong Yang (Ward 5) have proposed to repeal a city ordinance which prohibits three or more people from congregating on the sidewalk.   According to Glidden, “I’m concerned that this ordinance may be unconstitutional, and not withstand legal scrutiny; I’m also concerned that it invites implicit bias in enforcing an ordinance with such poor and vague wording.  Other city ordinances and state laws address criminal behavior issues more properly.” 

The process to repeal this ordinance will take at least a couple of months; we will provide updates when available including the date of the public hearing.

Below is the text of the ordinance:

427.220.—Congregating on streets or sidewalks. Three (3) or more persons shall not stand together or near each other in any street or on any footwalk or sidewalks as to obstruct the free passage for pedestrians, and any persons so standing shall move on immediately after a request to do so made by the mayor, chief of police or any police officer.

Organics Recycling: Sign Up by February 1


The City of Minneapolis’ organics recycling program is about to go citywide. Right now, the City collects food scraps, coffee grounds, meat trimmings, eggshells and many other items from about 12,000 residences for composting. Starting this spring, the rest of the city will be able to recycle organics too. Residents living in the second phase areas of this program will need to sign up by Feb. 1 to get their recycling carts during the spring rollout.

The City is now putting together a delivery list for new organics recycling carts. Those who sign up by Feb. 1 will get on that list.

Those who sign up after that date will get their carts in the summer. (Residents in the first phase rollout area who aren’t already in the organics recycling program can sign up now to receive a cart within a couple weeks.)

To be part of the program, use the online form, call 612-673-2917 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, or email SWRcustomer@minneapolismn.gov. There is no additional cost to participate. About 34,000 households have already signed up to participate in the organics recycling program.

Find more information at www.minneapolismn.gov/organics

Resurfacing Project for Bryant Neighborhood and parts of Central


Public Works has planned a street resurfacing project in 2016 that will cover all streets in Bryant and some of Central Neighborhood.  The resurfacing area is called the “Warrington Resurfacing Project.”  The area to be resurfaced is from 36th Street to 42nd Street (north to south), and from 2nd Avenue to Chicago Avenue.  You can view the project website here.

The basic plan is to remove a portion of the old layer of asphalt from the existing street and replace it with new asphalt. This will extend the life of the street before a more expensive and disruptive fix is needed.  The expected life span of the new street surface is 10 years.

Each property with frontage on the project will be assessed using the standard assessment process.  Assessments can be spread over five years.

All impacted properties will receive information from the City including notices of a Pre-Public Hearing (community meeting) and a later Public Hearing on the project.  The Pre-Public Hearing is 6:30 PM, Wednesday, March 30, at Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th St.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Kingfield Empty Bowls
Feb 4th, 4-8pm
MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave

Kingfield Annual Meeting
Wed, Feb 10th, 6-9pm
MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave

Bancroft Annual Meeting
Thur, Feb 11th, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Bethel Lutheran Church, 4120 17th Avenue S

Seward Coop Friendship Store Grand Opening,
Sat, Feb 13th, 11am-3pm
317 E 38th St