Ward 8 Update Newsletters January 16, 2015

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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January 16, 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, Room 129

Call for an appointment or just
drop by!

 

 

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Early Mornings with Elizabeth

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The Future of Transportation in Minnesota:  
Welcoming newly appointed Chair of the Met Council Adam Duininck and Senator Scott Dibble

Friday, January 30, 7:30 – 9:00 am
Turtle Bread, 4762 Chicago Ave S (in Café Levain)

We are so excited this month to welcome Met Council Chair Adam Duininck, newly appointed by Governor Dayton in January 2015 to lead this regional organization that conducts regional planning and operates Metro Transit, as well as Minneapolis State Senator and Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee Scott Dibble

In 2015, transportation is a top issue at the State Legislature.  At the same time, the Metropolitan Council has been at the center of heated regional discussion about how to fund and prioritize transit and transportation investment, among other issues. 

We are very excited to welcome two of the most influential policy-makers in this debate, Senate Transportation Committee Chair Scott Dibble and Metropolitan Council Chair Adam Duininck.  Join us for a robust discussion, and one of the first opportunities in the Metropolitan Region to hear from Adam Duininck first-hand about his vision for the Met Council in 2015 and beyond!


The Future of East 38 Street

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Starting February 4, we invite you to participate in a four-part series on “The Future of E 38 Street,” focused on the corridor between Nicollet to Chicago.

Why this focus on East 38 Street?  Change is happening and we want to ensure neighbors are part of the conversation.  Over the years, our residents have begun to reflect a more multicultural neighborhood, with new Latino and Somali residents in what has been a historically Black area of South Minneapolis.  And while East 38 Street has been a quiet area with little development interest for some time, property owners are now exploring options for growth and change.

Most prominently, the Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church sold its property to the Seward Coop in 2014, with that store set to open in 2015.  Other property owners are exploring development visions as well.  One such business is Kente Circle, at 345 East 38 Street.  Kente Circle’s owners, Larry and Pam Tucker, have purchased a neighboring vacant lot with hopes to grow their business and further invest in the neighborhood.

Discussion of the future of East 38 Street prompts reflection on the past.  Historic African-American led  organizations are still a major presence on East 38 Street, including Sabathani Community Center, the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, and the Urban League’s Sharon Sayles Belton Center.  This area has been home to African American entrepreneurs, civic, community, and faith leaders, home builders and architects -- all of whom have contributed to the Minneapolis we know today.  Notable living Minneapolitans from this area include Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton, artist Seitu Jones, and Met Council Member Gary Cunningham.

The East 38 Street corridor remains an integral site for entrepreneurs of color, from long-term investor Terek Propes, who owns a building and operates a business at 38 and Nicollet, to new owners at 38 and Portland who run a Somali-focused day care.

We hope you will attend our entire series.  The meetings will culminate in community recommendations to the city and Ward 8 Council office, property owners and developers, neighborhood-serving organizations and more.  Thank you to all of the participating co-host organizations, who are helping to support this community process.

Happy New Year – we hope to see you at “The Future of East 38 Street”!

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Save the dates for The Future of East 38 Street community meeting series!

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The Future of East 38 Street:
Participate. Connect. Build.

You are invited to participate in a four-part community meeting series about the future of East 38 Street, starting February 4.
Refreshments provided.
All voices welcome!

Participate in discovering development opportunities along East 38 Street
Connect to the stories, history, and people of our community
Build solutions, develop collective action, and determine the vision that benefits our community

First meeting: History and Storytelling
Wednesday, February 4, 6:00-8:00 pm
St. Peter’s AME Church, 401 East 41st Street

BRING A MOMENTO, such as a photo, ticket stub, or other item that reflects our neighborhood’s history, to share in conversation.

The East 38 Street community is rich with history.  African American entrepreneurs, civic, community, and faith leaders, home builders and architects, all contributed to the Minneapolis we know today.  Join neighbors to elevate our history in the context of race and its impact on our community’s present and future.

Second meeting: Development and Opportunity Along East 38 Street
Wednesday, March 4, 6:00-8:00pm
Sabathani, 310 E 38 St, 2nd Floor Banquet Center

Join property owners and neighbors to talk about our visions for development and growth. Featuring discussion of a senior housing concept at Sabathani Community Center, small business growth for Kente Circle at 38 and 4th Ave, and more.

Third meeting: Local, Collective, and Cooperative Ownership
Wednesday, April 1, 6:00-8:00 pm
St. Peter’s AME Church, 401 East 41st Street

We will learn about local, collective, and cooperative ownership models, discussing how these models might fit development opportunities in the East 38 Street area.

Fourth meeting: Join the conversation -- Build Our Future Together
Wednesday, May 6, 6:00-8:00 pm
Sabathani, 310 E 38 St, 2nd Floor Banquet Center

How can we participate together – with government, business, neighbors, and community organizations -- in building our future?

We look forward to seeing you!  Questions? Contact the Ward 8 City Council Office at (612) 673-2208 or elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov
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Corridor Co-hosts:  Bryant Neighborhood Organization + Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization + Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder + St. Peter’s AME Church + 38 and Chicago Business Association + Sabathani Community Center + Arts on Chicago + Ward 8 City Council Office, City of Minneapolis + Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Park Legacy Advisory Committee + Sabathani Seniors + Sabathani Chapter of AARP 5203


Vote today! How should the City gauge its success?

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The City of Minneapolis has launched a project that solicits public input on how the City can know it is achieving its goals. For example, what does “living well” (one of the five City goals) mean to those who live, work and play in Minneapolis? Does it mean connected neighborhoods? Access to amenities? Safe streets?

Please share your thoughts now until Feb. 6 using the online engagement tool at success.minneapolismn.gov, and encourage folks you know in Minneapolis to also weigh in.

Using crowdsourcing technology, the information within the online tool will update in real time to display the changing input and ideas of its users. Log in often to submit new ideas and vote on new information. It’s quick and easy to participate, and you can spend as much or as little time within the tool as you want.

The City Coordinator’s Office is also using other ways to ensure it gets a variety of perspectives for this project from a wide range of communities including cultural communities, GLBTQA, seniors and young people. Folks will have opportunities to provide input through listening sessions and paper surveys in addition to the online engagement tool.

Once the submission and voting period closes, the City Coordinator’s Office will work with City staff and boards and commissions to develop measures for the most popular themes within each City goal.  To date, popular themes have been: more trees, employee development, aging in place, and helping new businesses grow in all parts of the city.