Ward 8 Update Newsletters - June 15, 2016

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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June 15, 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

Call for an appointment or just
drop by!



City of Lakes

Lunch with Elizabeth: Learning from Trans* Leaders and a City Commitment to Trans*Equity


Lunch with Elizabeth: 
Learning from Trans* Leaders and a City Commitment to Trans*Equity
Friday June 24, 12:00-1:00 pm
Café Southside, 3405 Chicago Avenue S

More than ever, Minneapolis is committed to visible and vocal support of Trans*Equity, in partnership with Transgender and gender non-conforming community members who are leading the way.  Please join us on Friday June 24, as we head into PRIDE weekend, for conversation with some of Minneapolis' most powerful and prominent Trans* Activists who speak from the heart about the intersections of Black and Brown, Queer and Trans*.

We are proud to be joined by Cece McDonald, a nationally recognized LGBTQI Activist, featured in the movie "FREE Cece," Phillipe Cunningham, Policy Aide to Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, and Roxanne Anderson, owner of Cafe Southside and RARE Productions and honored as 2016 PRIDE co-Grand Marshal.  We also welcome Remy Corso, Community Organizer at Outfront Minnesota, to provide an update on Trans organizing.

We will discuss national and local organizing efforts, including the work of the City of Minneapolis’ Transgender Issues Work Group and the upcoming 2016 Minneapolis Trans*Equity Summit. 

Arrive early and support Café Southside with your lunch order! Program begins promptly at noon. We hope to see you there!

South Minneapolis Housing Segregation and Tilsenbilt Homes


Tuesday, June 21st
Judson Memorial Baptist Church, 4101 Harriet Ave S

Join local writer and historian Heidi Adelsman for a discussion of south Minneapolis housing segregation and the Tilsenbilt Homes.

Discriminatory housing practices, restrictive deed covenants and red-lining are part of the recent history of Minneapolis with present-day impacts. As recently as the 1950’s, banks and the Federal Housing Administration refused to provide mortgages for homes outside of established Black neighborhoods such as those near the E 38th Street and 4th Avenue corridors. 

The Tilsenbilt homes, a group of over 50 homes located on 3rd, 4th and 5th Avenues in the Bryant and Regina neighborhoods, were constructed in the 1950’s by the Tilsen Homes Company with the help of realtor and philanthropist Archie Givens Sr. The Tilsenbilt Homes are believed to be one of the first federally-supported residential housing developments in the United States that was open to homebuyers of all races.

Heidi Adelsman, a south Minneapolis neighbor, has researched and written about the Tilsenbilt Homes and other historic places and events that reveal our history of discriminatory housing practices and segregation in Minneapolis.  As the Kingfield and Bryant neighborhoods prepare to work with artist Seitu Jones on a rebuilt 40th Street Pedestrian bridge connecting our neighborhoods, we hope you will join us for an important discussion of our shared history.

South Metro Airport Action Council’s (SMAAC) 2016 Spring Forum


South Metro Airport Action Council’s (SMAAC) 2016 Spring Forum
w/ U.S. Congressman, Rick Nolan
Thursday, June 16th  5:00 to 6:30 pm
Parkway Theater, 4820 Chicago Ave, S. Minneapolis

South Metro Airport Action Council will hold its 2016 Spring Forum on June 16th in cooperation with MSP Fair Skies.  Join U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan (D-8 MN) to learn about the plans and needs for safe and sound use of MSP runways.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is weighing options for MSP runway use and scheduling.  Don't miss this opportunity to learn about possible MSP changes that will reduce overflight noise and pollution.

A fundraising reception will follow at 6:30pm in the same location.

Call for Artists: Create Public Art Inspired by Prince for Placement in

Central Neighborhood


Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO) invites artists to apply to design public art inspired by Prince and his music for utility boxes in the Central neighborhood. The Central neighborhood is home to the former Bryant and Central High Schools where Prince attended.

The public art will be placed on utility boxes along 4th Avenue on the Southside of Minneapolis. The Call for Artists is open to emerging and professional artists. Looking for skills in drawing, painting and graphic arts. Artists will be compensated with a $100 stipend and this unique opportunity to have their public art inspired by Prince represent his legacy in the Central neighborhood.

Interested artists should email a resume with contact information (address, telephone/cell number and email), a brief essay on how Prince or his music inspires you, and no more than two samples of artwork inspired by Prince. Application materials should be emailed to: antoine@thecentralneighborhood.com, with the subject line: Project Purple. The application deadline has been extended to June 27, 2016.

Clean Energy Partnership’s first report highlights ways residents can save energy


The Clean Energy Partnership has released the inaugural report on its groundbreaking clean energy initiative.

First year highlights

  • The first year focused on creating the Energy Vision Advisory Committee, establishing partnership procedure and structure, developing a work plan and putting metrics into place. The partnership also began some coordinated outreach promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy options for Minneapolis businesses and residents.
  • In 2015 Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy spent more than $1 million combined to help low-income customers improve the energy efficiency of their homes and leveraged nearly $1 million more in federal support for residential weatherization programs. In addition the City of Minneapolis bought down the cost of Home Energy Squad visits to income-qualified residents. Home Energy Squad assesses a home’s energy efficiency, makes some energy efficiency improvements and makes custom recommendations for more intensive energy efficiency improvements.
  • There were 40 percent more rooftop solar installations in the city in 2015 than 2014 (92 in 2015 compared to 56 in 2014).
  • The partnership began working together on energy efficiency program innovations in single family and multi-family housing.
  • The partnership worked together to promote Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy’s joint Home Energy Squad, visits to customers’ homes to improve their energy efficiency. The promotions resulted in a 68 percent increase in visits from 2014 to 2015 (1,198 visits in 2015 compared to 731 in 2014).

Actions of the Clean Energy Partnership are outlined in the first two-year work plan.   

This first-of-its-kind City-utility partnership, the Clean Energy Partnership began in 2015 and has the City of MinneapolisXcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy collaborating in new ways to help Minneapolis achieve clean energy goals in the City's 2013 Climate Action Plan and Energy Vision for 2040. The partnership helps utility customers reach their energy conservation goals as the City works to achieve 80 percent greenhouse gas emission reductions by 2050.

Thank you to the Artists for

Aviary Art on Nicollet!

aviary art

Thank you to Artists Ben Janssens and Marjorie Pitz, and all of the contributing artists and partners for a successful event!  Last Sunday we celebrated Aviary Arts and the Birds of a Different Feather series. This series of works spans 8 blocks of Nicollet Avenue South from 32nd to 40th Streets, including gateway sculptures and benches.

Thank you for your commitment to enhance this vibrant community, bring community together and celebrate the similarities and uniqueness of our neighborhoods!

You can find more information about Nicollet Avenue public art here.