August 3, 2012
Streetcars on the Greenway
today’s city council meeting, my colleagues unanimously voted to appoint me to
represent the City of Minneapolis on the Midtown
Corridor Policy Advisory Committee
(PAC). This group will
provide overall policy guidance on the proposed
streetcar line on the Midtown Greenway. Council Member Schiff, another Midtown
area representative, was also appointed.
been very supportive during my time on the city council of our efforts to plan
and promote reintroducing streetcars
. Our city grew up around streetcar lines. Modern streetcar
systems are desirable because they generate new ridership. People who will not
take buses will ride streetcars because of their confidence in a system with
rail and the better quality of the ride. This in turn gets more cars off the
streets – important to improving our air quality, to achieving American energy
independence and to living active, healthier lives. Streetcars encourage greater
investment in the properties along the lines. When tracks are laid in a street
it represents strong public sector commitment to that corridor. This encourages
a higher level of investment from the property owners which creates more jobs,
brings amenities and allows for the appropriate higher density that helps make
our city livable.
Midtown Greenway was identified as one of the seven streetcars lines to be
included in our “Primary
” as part of Access
,our ten year transportation action plan. Access Minneapolis
expresses our city’s priorities in transportation investment for the next
decade. The origins of Access Minneapolis came from conversations with our
Public Works Director during my first term on the city council. I was seeking a
way to better express Minneapolis’s priorities when representing our city at a
number of different transportation related boards. The Access Minneapolis plan
was a major undertaking that addresses all regions of our city and all
2010 the City of Minneapolis applied for and received a $900 thousand federal
grant to further plan the Nicollet Avenue and Central Avenue streetcar line,
our number one priority line. At the same time the Met Council received a
similar $300 thousand grant to
study the possibility of streetcars on the Greenway
. Met Council is the lead
agency on the Greenway study. The Nicollet/Central and Greenway studies will
happen at pretty much the same time and will support each other. The
cooperation of the City of Minneapolis and the Metropolitan Council, as well as
other governmental jurisdictions, shows real progress in the area of
Midtown Greenway, originally a freight rail corridor, was purchased by Hennepin
County to be a transit corridor. The much-used bike and pedestrian paths were
built well in advance of transit because of the engaged activism of Minneapolis
residents, primarily through the Midtown
. Before running for city council I served on the board
of directors of the Midtown Greenway Coalition.
Midtown Greenway Coalition has long been supportive of streetcars as the
appropriate transit for the Greenway. The Coalition has done some of their
own preliminary planning
around the line and the possible station areas.
completed, the Midtown Greenway streetcar line would connect the Hiawatha and
Southwest light rail lines and intersect the proposed I-35W bus rapid transit
line (BRT). When fully operational, the 35W BRT will become the most used
transit corridor in the state! The Greenway streetcar will serve Lake Street
business, the large employers along the line, area residents and visitors. I am
very supportive of these efforts and look forward to representing the interests
of my constituents – and all of Minneapolis on the Midtown Corridor Policy Advisory Committee.
Mondays with Robert
Council Member Lilligren has always believed that it's important for people like you and me to have access to government. Robert remains committed to that value today. For that reason, Council Member Lilligren makes himself available to community member visits on a walk-in and appointment basis.
You can meet with Robert on the first four Mondays of the month at each of the neighborhoods he represents. Call or email Alondra at 673-2206 or email@example.com to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, however - you will be asked to wait if there is a scheduled appointment.
First Monday of the Month
Whittier Alliance, 10 E. 25th Street
9:30am - 11:30am
Second Monday of the Month
Phillips West, 2400 Park Ave.
Center for Changing Lives
9:30am - 11:30am
Third Monday of the Month
Stevens Square, 1925 Nicollet Ave.
9:30am - 11:30am
Fourth Monday of the Month
Ventura Village, 2323 11th Ave. S.
2nd Floor of Phillips Community Center
9:30am - 11:30am
Native American/Somali Peacemakers
Congratulations to the Native American-Somali Peacemakers
project for being voted as the winner of a $100,000 grant from the Connect
for Health Challenge! This initiative is based on the Native American and
Somali community’s strongly held and deeply respected shared cultural values of
conflict resolution, consultation with wise elders, and co-created
reconciliation processes. This program has had significant success in stemming
the tide of intercultural violence between the youth of the Cedar Riverside and
Phillips Neighborhoods and funds will be used to move this effort to the next
level of work from crisis management to building strong youth leadership skills.
Insulation & Solar Energy in Mpls
Cooperative Energy Futures (CEF) is a community energy cooperative helping neighbors to save money on insulation and solar panels by buying in bulk – making the process easier, cheaper, and fun. Last winter, CEF ran a bulk purchase program for home insulation in Minneapolis, helping a team of neighbors hire qualified installers of home insulation at a lower cost. CEF’s new Grow Solar program applies the same model of community purchasing to solar-electric panels. CEF is also helping to promote weatherization work parties where neighbors can come together for a lively work party to prepare your home for winter. Folks who are interested in solar hot water or solar air heat, should check the Make Mine Solar bulk-buying program run by the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society. You can reach Cooperative Energy Futures at 612-568-2334 to learn more about ways to save money on energy bills, reduce carbon emissions and generate clean energy.
Special Service Districts
Indigenous Music & Movies
The Indigenous Music
& Movies Series
at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park has begun! The series
started August 1 and will run throughout the rest of the month. New this year, Dream of Wild Health
will be on
hand each week selling fresh produce and native food, Jim Rock will be sharing
Dakota astronomy knowledge and look for the tipi. A highlight this year is that
and the Maza Kute Drum
group will play on Tuesday August 21st followed by the courageous
and healing film “Dakota 38
Remember Primaries are August 14
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