Ward 8 News Update: March 8, 2013

News of the 8th Ward

March 8, 2013

City Collects Nearly 400 More Tons of Recycling in First Six Weeks of One-Sort

Minneapolis residents have dramatically increased the amount they recycle, now that one-sort recycling is rolling out across the city. Results are in for the first six weeks of one-sort recycling: the four collection routes that switched to one-sort last fall show a 63 percent increase in recycling over the same period a year ago. That’s almost 400 more tons of waste that was recycled!

With one-sort recycling, you get to put all of your recyclables (glass, plastic, paper, aluminum and cardboard) into one container.  Just as before, don’t mix garbage with your recycling and rinse out recyclable containers.

If you haven’t received your NEW recycling container yet, you will soon.  80,000 households will roll into the one-sort program this spring and summer. Crews drop off new blue carts for each customer; as soon as you have your cart you can’t start using it for one-sort recycling.

For more information about one-sort recycling in Minneapolis, visit www.minneapolismn.gov/onesort.



City Accepting Applications for 2013 Urban Scholars Internship Program


The City of Minneapolis is once again offering its internship program for college students interested in public service careers. Interested students must complete an application by Monday March 25.

Students who are enrolled and in good standing at a two- or four-year college or university are eligible to apply; you must be a Minneapolis resident, although you can be attending school anywhere. The 12-week program is a full-time paid internship that runs from May 20 – Aug. 9. Urban Scholars will work in a City of Minneapolis department and also complete a team-based community project that will be presented to government and community stakeholders.

The Urban Scholars Internship and Leadership Development Program is one component of the One Minneapolis Equity in Employment initiative, which aims to close the employment gap in a city and metro area that suffers from one of the highest disparities between white and non-white unemployment in the country. While the City’s overall unemployment rate is 5 percent, unemployment among African Americans in Minneapolis is at 18 percent, and the unemployment rate for American Indians is 25 percent.

Minneapolis hopes to develop a group of young talent who can begin careers in public service, and someday be the next generation of City leaders.

For more information and to apply, go to www.minneapolismn.gov/civilrights/one/urbanscholars.


Arts on Chicago: 20 Projects in 1 Year!


The website for www.artsonchicago.org just went live!  Check this out to learn more about the projects you will see on and near Chicago Avenue this year and to get a schedule of events.

For instance, check out the blog, What Grows Here? At http://whatgrowshere.wordpress.com/.  Artists Dylan Fresco and Michelle Barnes are asking people who live, work, and go to school on and around Chicago avenue to share their stories of the neighborhood.  In Spring 2013, Dyland and Michelle will lead free 60 minute tours of Chicago from 33rd to 38th Streets, incorporating the stories they gathered.

What’s coming up soon?  Fiber Sprawl workshops!  Just show up, NO experience necessary!  Sat March 9, 1-4 pm, Turtle Bread, 4762 Chicago.  Next Fiber sprawl, April 6th.  All details at www.ArtsOnChicago.org. 


Aliveness Project: Construction Begins at 3808 Nicollet


At long last, the Aliveness Project is ready to begin renovations on its new home at 3808 Nicollet!  Construction will start Spring 2013, with plans for Aliveness to be in its new space in Fall 2013. 

Look for activity at 3808 Nicollet in the coming months, as the neighborhood gets ready to welcome Aliveness to its new home.  With this space, the Aliveness Project will be better able to serve its members with community meal space, food shelf, and other important services relating to health and wellness. 

Aliveness is also looking forward to sharing its community space with neighbors, and is actively working with the Kingfield and Lyndale neighbors on these plans.

The Aliveness Project is on the last leg of fundraising for its capital campaign, so your financial help is very welcome – help Aliveness reach the finish line!  www.Aliveness.org. 


Community Meetings March 26 for 2013 Nicollet Repaving

In the 2013 construction season, Minneapolis Public Works will complete the repaving of Nicollet Avenue, from 36th Street to 40th Street.  Road reconstruction work is estimated to start April 29, Work will begin in April.

The completed road will have larger boulevards, with trees added where there are gaps or none before.  As well, look for news on the plans to incorporate art along the corridor in 2013, as Nicollet was awarded special funding for this purpose. 

Two community meetings to review the work schedule and provide other Nicollet Repaving updates will be held on Tuesday, March 26 (please note:  both meetings have the same content). 

9:30 am, 5th Precinct Police, Community Room, 3101 Nicollet Ave

6:30 pm, 5th Precinct Police, Community Room, 3101 Nicollet Ave

Weekly construction meetings will also be set, and open to the public, for immediate questions about construction progress and details.  For details information on Nicollet Repaving, and to sign up for weekly updates, please click here or search for “Nicollet Repaving” at www.minneapolismn.gov. 


Kingfield and Lyndale Neighborhood Requests for Striping Parking Lanes Granted!

A common tool used to calm roadway traffic is a striped edge line to indicate where the driving and parking lanes are located.  The intent of the edge line is to narrow the driving lane which impacts driving behavior by reducing the comfort level for driving at high speeds.  Essentially, it gives the impression that the roadway has narrowed.   

There is an opportunity on Nicollet, due to the recent construction project, to install an edge line with durable roadway markings.  This type of marking cost more than typical painted markings, but is more visible and doesn’t require Public Works to restripe it every year as painted markings wear off.   The Nicollet Project budget has been evaluated by Public Works, and it has been determined that edge lines can be installed on Nicollet using durable markings, which after installed does not present a burden on maintenance budgets.  Thanks to Kingfield and Lyndale neighbors for the request.