Ward 8 Newsletter May 24, 2013

News of the 8th Ward

May 24, 2013

Join the Conversation, Read "A Choice of Weapons" by Gordon Parks

Believe it or not, the 2013 One Read is in full swing. I’m writing to ask for your help to spread the word and ask your friends to join the conversation!

The 2013 One Read is “A Choice of Weapons” by Gordon Parks, with a forward by Minneapolis artist Wing Young Huie. Parks’ autobiography, first published in 1966, describes his coming of age in St Paul Minnesota and beyond, where – homeless and hungry – he began to fulfill his potential dreams.  Parks, the first Black photographer for Life magazine, as well as a writer, composer, artist and filmmaker, said, “I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs.  I knew at that point I had to have a camera.” 

How can you participate?

View and Share this powerful video about the One Minneapolis One Read program: One Minneapolis One Read video

Plan now to read A Choice of Weapons by Gordon Park in 2013 and join the conversation!  Add it to your book club’s list, share the choice with your friends and neighbors and workplace colleagues

Join an event this fall or help to plan one!  One Minneapolis One Read events will take place in Fall 2013 (September-November) where people can come together to discuss A Choice of Weapons and the life work of Gordon Parks.  We would love your help!  Please contact us at oneread@minneapolismn.gov if you would like us to promote YOUR event as part of OMOR

Support One Minneapolis One Read.  OMOR is a public private partnership that depends on the generous support of sponsors to reach the greatest number of people possible.  Please contact us if you are interested in how you can support One Minneapolis One Read at oneread@minneapolismn.gov.


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Reminder: 38th and Chicago Safety Meeting

This meeting is an ongoing opportunity to hear from neighbors, review police and city strategies, and together work on an action plan to promote safety in and around 38th and Chicago.

Tuesday May 28th, 2013, 6:30 to 8 PM
CANDO Community Center, 3736 Chicago Ave S

You can read the 38th and Chicago Action Planning Report, prepared from comments submitted by residents at the April safety meeting, as well as updates prepared by the MPD, City and neighborhoods here.


Hold Off on Pruning Ash Trees Until Fall


Conditions are now warm enough for beetles that attack and kill ash trees. Emerald ash borers are present in Minneapolis and are normally active from May through Labor Day. If you have an ash tree in your yard, it is important not to prune it this time of year or move any part of an ash tree (firewood, branches, etc.) while the pests are active. Inadvertently moving the pests helps them spread to uncontaminated areas.

Emerald ash borers are a major concern because they have caused the deaths of millions of ash trees in 13 states, and approximately 20 percent of the tree canopy in Minneapolis consists of ash trees. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has issued a state quarantine on firewood, ash trees, and ash tree products in Hennepin, Ramsey, Houston and Winona counties to slow the spread of emerald ash borers.

For more information on emerald ash borers, visit the Minnesota Department of Agriculture emerald ash borer webpage or the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s emerald ash borer webpage.


City Approves Agreement That Extends Noise Mitigation Near Airport

Minneapolis has the most extensive airport noise mitigation program in the nation, and it took an important step to preserve that program for the future. This action was critical in light of a projected increase in flights and the expiration of old commitments.

The Metropolitan Airports Commission is now working to finalize a long-term plan that includes several projects to prepare the airport for projected needs into the future. City officials have been tracking plans and pushing the MAC to extend the existing noise mitigation program to any homes that may be impacted by the future airport traffic.

On May 10 the City Council approved a measure to have the MAC continue to address the impact of airport noise on surrounding Minneapolis communities through an amendment to a 2007 court-approved settlement agreement. Under the proposed amendment, MAC will use the actual flight data for 2013 and following years to, using their computer model, annually produce contours showing which blocks are receiving noise above the agreed upon threshold of 60 DNL. After a home that has not previously been offered noise mitigation has been within the new 60 DNL or 63 DNL contours (for the larger program) for three consecutive years, the process for providing noise mitigation for these homes would then begin.  

Because the original settlement agreement was between the MAC and multiple jurisdictions, all of those parties must approve the amendment to the settlement agreement. The amended agreement must also be approved by the Court and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Once approved by the court, the FAA and each of these parties, the agreement will provide that noise will be monitored and mapped annually and will ensure that homes that are newly within the 60 DNL or 63 DNL  will get noise mitigation of the kind provided in the 2007 settlement. It also ensures that mitigation will be based on our locally recognized noise standards which are more stringent than other communities. 

Throughout this negotiation process with the MAC, the City’s goal has been to preserve the most extensive noise mitigation program in the country, which is what our residents deserve.


Congratulations and Thank You to Jennifer White


Please join me in congratulating Jennifer White, the long time (almost 8 years!!) associate for Ward 8, who has accepted a promotion to Policy Aide position for the Ward 4 office. 

Jen joined our office after a temporary stint in Public Works, and has been an integral part of our Ward 8 team ever since.  As the Ward 8 associate, she has helped to manage our office, strategize about Ward 8 and city policy issues, and manage me through thick and thin. 

Jen is a trusted voice and presence to many Ward 8 community members and I know will be missed by many.  We are, however, VERY happy for Jen’s success and the recognition of her high skill set by the offer of a policy aide position in Ward 4.

Please join us for a THANK YOU CELEBRATION at Pepito’s, 4820 Chicago, on Wednesday, June 5, 4:00-6:00 pm, to thank Jennifer White for her service to the Eight Ward and wish her well in her new position at the City of Minneapolis.


Help the Community Bridge the Digital Divide


The results are in on a survey the City of Minneapolis conducted in January to understand how Minneapolis residents use computers, mobile devices and the Internet to better their daily lives. The survey of more than 3,200 Minneapolis residents shows that 84 percent have computers with Internet access at home (an increase from 82 percent in 2012), but technology access and knowledge gaps still exist with certain demographics of the city.

The survey is intended to determine the state of the “digital divide” in Minneapolis, which is the gap between individuals and groups in their access to information and communication technologies, and their use and knowledge of these technologies.  You can find a copy of the survey at www.minneapolismn.gov/it/inclusion

City leaders and staff will host community meetings to share the survey results and get feedback about how to overcome the digital divide in Minneapolis.  The meetings will be held at the following dates and times:

Thursday, June 13, Northeast Network at Eastside Food Co-op, 7:30 – 9 a.m. 2551 Central Ave NE, 55418

Wednesday, June 19, Sabathani Community Center, 6 – 7:30 p.m. 310 East 38th St, 55409

In addition, a webinar will be held for folks to attend the meeting and engage online.  Sign up for email about the City’s digital inclusion initiatives, resources and events, and to receive an invitation to the webinar.


Minneapolis Moves Toward Big Expansion of Car Sharing in the City

The City of Minneapolis is moving forward with plans to greatly expand car sharing in the city. The City Council authorized staff to negotiate terms with a company to start a two-year car sharing pilot program that uses on-street parking spaces. The company selected to implement the pilot program is Car2Go, and the pilot may be expanded to include other car-sharing companies. City staff will make recommendations on additional companies in June.

Car sharing reduces the need for people in the city to own their own cars. The shared cars are parked throughout the city, and members can reserve one whenever they need to. In general, vehicles can be rented by the hour or day, and the rates usually cover all vehicle expenses, including maintenance, fuel, insurance, and parking fees.

There is no City funding in this expansion of car sharing options, however, through the pilot, the City will allow car sharing companies to use on-street parking spaces for the first time, making it more convenient for users to get a car when they need it.

As a next step, the City will negotiate an agreement with Car2Go and consider arrangements with other companies, such as HourCar, as well. The City Council will then take action on approving any final agreements.




Prepare for an amazing day along Chicago Avenue, from Lake Street to 48th and Chicago.  Please go to www.artsonchicago.org for MORE information.

Paint the Pavement
9:00am – 1:00pm on 34th St and 10th Ave near Powderhorn Park

Bike Rack Installation
9:00am – 11:00am at Modern Times, 3200 Chicago Ave

Urban/Environment Nature Hike - led by Stephanie Rogers
10:00am – 11:30pm, meet at the Artstop Garden, 3205 Chicago Ave

3:00pm – 4:30pm, meet at The Third Place Gallery, 3730 Chicago Ave

Chicago Avenue Stilting Club
10:00am – 12:00pm at 34th St and 10th Ave near Powderhorn Park

We are the Other – Walking Tour led by Wing Young Huie
11:00am – 12:30pm, 3:30 – 5 pm meet at The Third Place Gallery, 3730 Chicago Ave

Screen printing at the PHAT Mobile
11:00am – 1:00pm at Pillsbury House + Theatre, 3501 Chicago Ave

Poetry writing on the Poetry Mobile
11:00am – 3:00pm along Chicago Ave.

The 38th & Chicago Business Association’s Annual BBQ & Music Festival
11:00am – 3:00pm at 38th and Chicago

Mobile Sign Shop
12:00pm – 4:00pm at Pillsbury House + Theatre, 3501 Chicago Ave

What Grows Here – a StoryWalk by Dylan Fresco and Michelle Barnes
2:30pm – 4:00pm, meet at Pillsbury House + Theatre, 3501 Chicago Ave

Collage Collaborative Illustrated Map Workshop
3:00pm – 5:00pm, Pillsbury House + Theatre, 3501 Chicago Ave

Open Eye Figure theatre’s Driveway Tour Puppet Show
Time TBD, Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center, 3749 Chicago Ave

Art Pedicab – Ride down Chicago Avenue in the Art Pedicab, running from 9am – 4pm

Field Regina Northrop Annual Parade and Celebration

11 am Neighborhood Parade, 11am-3pm, annual neighborhood celebration, McRae Park