Ward 8 Update Newsletters January 19, 2017

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
Visit us at www.minneapolismn.gov/ward8

January 19, 2017


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

Build it, Make it, Change it: Creating the New Status Quo


This weekend, as a new President moves into the White House, many of us will be exercising our Constitutional right to freedom of expression and asserting the values we hold dear. We will march, rally, assemble, protest and build power together.

I won’t lie - I have immense concerns about the future of our country.  I am ready to resist.

But I also believe in the power and resiliency of people; I believe we are on the cusp of revolutionary and extraordinary change; I believe in progressive policies that help improve people’s lives; and I believe that cities are the best places where creative change can happen.

Your beautiful imagination has no restriction.  What is your next act? 

Will you march and volunteer?  Will you promise not to be silent in the face of hate, bigotry and misogyny? Will you lobby your member of Congress, state legislator, and city council member for the change you want to see — and plan your own run for public office? Will you use your art to move people to thought and action? 

Just five years ago we did not know how our lives and expectations would be changed by people powered movements like #BlackLivesMatter, #NoDAPL, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, and more. So, BELIEVE.

Our Ward 8 City Council team is ready to create change and our agenda is aggressive.  We will make 2017 a year of action.

Standing with workers:  After helping to lead the charge for earned safe and sick leave, unanimously approved by the City Council in 2016, I’m ready to vote on a minimum wage policy in Minneapolis — one fair wage for workers. 

Housing justice: We will pass civil rights protections for Section 8 voucher holders in early 2017 and increase tenant protections and affordable housing options in our city. 

Increasing participatory democracy:  Participatory budgeting, or direct resident involvement in budget decisions, is a structural reform to government that I am excited to champion.

Climate Justice:  The time has come to develop a residential energy benchmarking policy that will increase transparency around building energy usage and incentivize commitment to healthy and safe homes. 

Criminal Justice System Reform. Dismantling systems that foster racial inequity must continue be a government and a community priority in Minneapolis; I’m proud to join progressive council members from around the country in promoting these reforms.

Trans* Equity Council launched.  In 2017 the city’s first Trans* Equity Council members will be appointed from the community, ready to lead the city in developing policy and programs better serving Transgender community members.

Standing Against Hate:  We will defend our sanctuary city status, support the rights of immigrants and refugees, and resist bigotry targeted to Muslims, anti-Semitism, and other hateful acts - including through legal action.

Establishing Race Equity as the “Norm”: We will continue our work to insist on race equity in programs and policies of the City of Minneapolis and other government bodies as the status quo we now expect. I’m especially proud that the League of Minnesota Cities, for which I am a board member, has now committed to including race equity as one of its core functions and services to member cities throughout Minnesota.

Organizing.  Over the past years I’ve worked to organize with local elected leaders in Minneapolis and across the United States, building commitment to racial equity and progressive policy change.  I’m motivated to continue this work to build our progressive civic infrastructure.

While I can’t predict what is ahead, I know that I’m ready to do more than react - I’m ready to build our new “status quo” with you. 

We the people. United in love and action.


Minneapolis, a City for Walkers? A Conversation About Prioritizing Pedestrians at Early Mornings with Elizabeth


Early Mornings with Elizabeth
Friday, January 27, 7:30-9:00 am
Turtle Bread Bakery, 4762 Chicago Ave S (Pizza Biga room)

Please join us for a fantastic program focused on walking.  From activism around pedestrian safety, to the expanded focus of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition on pedestrians, to Facebook groups dedicated to walking, community members are serious about the city’s need to prioritize pedestrian safety and increase the pleasure of the walking experience.

We are excited to welcome Minneapolis’ new Public Works Director, Robin Hutchinson, to share her vision and experience in supporting pedestrian-focused policies.  We also welcome perspectives from panelists Mary McGovern, Chair of the resident High Rise Council of the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, who has been leading work around the needs of elders and individuals with disabilities, and Kenya McKnight, a transportation activist and thought leader who (among other roles) serves on the Transportation Advisory Board to the Metropolitan Council.

All are welcome!  We hope to see you January 27 at Early Mornings with Elizabeth.

City Council Honors Historic

Tilsenbilt Homes


On Friday January 13, 2017, the City Council approved the Tilsenbilt Homes Historic District and a resolution “Honoring the Tilsenbilt Homes as One of the First FHA-Backed Residential Housing Developments in the United States to be Marketed to Buyers of All Races.”

On hand to accept the resolutions were home owners, representatives of Bryant Neighborhood Organization and the Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group, and members of the Givens family and Tilsen family.

You can read the full resolution here.

Below are excerpts from the resolution:

Whereas, housing discrimination based on race is part of the history of Minneapolis, and of the United States, and was enforced and encouraged by the federal government well into the 20th Century; and

Whereas, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Veterans Administration (VA), both created in the early 1930s, made home ownership accessible to millions of white Americans by guaranteeing mortgages, but discriminatorily excluded African Americans from these same benefits through its practices and procedures; and

Whereas, in 1940, 90% of Black Minneapolitans lived in just 18 of the citys 121 census tracts; between 1946 and 1952, over 9,500 single-family homes and duplexes were built in Minneapolis, yet fewer than twenty were sold to African American buyers; and

Whereas, distinguished philanthropist and developer Archie Givens, Sr., a young realtor at the time, committed himself to recruiting a builder and a location for a racially integrated housing project; and

Whereas, Archie Givens, Sr., recruited Edward Tilsen, a Ukrainian Jewish immigrant and prominent builder in the Twin Cities, who had himself experienced discriminatory treatment based on his religion, and who was the only builder at the time with experience building integrated housing; and

Whereas, the Tilsenbilt Homes, a group of 52 single family homes in the Bryant, Regina and Field neighborhoods, were constructed by Edward Tilsens company between 1954 and 1956, becoming one of the first FHA-backed residential housing developments in the United States to be marketed to buyers of all races;

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved by The City Council of The City of Minneapolis:

That the City Council honors and thanks the family of Archie Givens, Sr., the family of Edward Tilsen, the Minneapolis Urban League, the original Tilsenbilt home owners, and all others who helped establish the Tilsenbilt homes as one of the first racially integrated residential housing developments in the United States.

City launches program increasing contracting opportunities for small businesses


To make it easier for small businesses, particularly businesses owned by women and people of color, to do business with the City of Minneapolis, a new program expands opportunities for small businesses to compete for City contracts alongside other small businesses instead of larger, more established companies.

Key goals of the program include increasing competition for contracts, expanding opportunities for historically underutilized small businesses and stimulating the local economy.

The program is part of a broader City effort to diversify the City’s supplier base and support small businesses. Staff surveyed more than 200 businesses and found that 45 percent had never done business with the City. Seventy-four percent of the firms said they would likely participate. The vast majority were small companies with fewer than 20 employees.

For more information, visit www.minneapolismn.gov/finance/procurement/TargetMarketProgram.

City holding listening sessions to discuss minimum wage

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The City of Minneapolis is hosting several listening sessions in coming weeks to gather feedback on a potential minimum wage policy for employers in the City of Minneapolis.

The City Council has directed City staff to present minimum wage policy recommendations mid-year after doing additional research and community engagement on the topic. The listening sessions will be an opportunity for community stakeholders to share viewpoints on how a change in the minimum wage would impact them.

Details will be posted at the Citys minimum wage webpage so check there to verify dates and times as additional listening sessions and details are confirmed.

Two sessions are scheduled for the general public to participate, including this one in South Minneapolis:

February 15: 6:00-7:30 pm, Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th St

Find upcoming meetings and more information here.

The community engagement plan follows a presentation to the City Council’s Committee of the Whole in October 2016 by a research team presenting highlights of a study analyzing the relative impact of a local minimum wage increase in the City of Minneapolis and regionally in Hennepin County and Ramsey County. The study, led by the University of Minnesota’s Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Justice, examined the impact of increasing the wage to $12 and $15 per hour phased in over five years.

Minneapolis 2040 feedback summary available


City staff documented every idea from the people of Minneapolis during the "Big Questions" phase of the Minneapolis 2040 planning process including six-word stories at street festivals, conversations at open houses, feedback on the website and notes from community dialogues. You can find reports that outline all of the engagement efforts and feedback received during this phase hereMinneapolis 2040 is an update to the City’s comprehensive plan, which shapes the future development of Minneapolis.

What’s next

In April, City staff will kick off another round of Minneapolis 2040 engagement at the Community Connections Conference. This round will report back on what we heard in 2016, show how that feedback connects to draft goals and policies for the future of Minneapolis, and ask for your feedback on those goals and policies. Be sure to sign up for updates or follow us on Twitter for details.

When it snows, remember to shovel your sidewalk


Sidewalks are a critical part of Minneapolis’ transportation system, and they should be open for everyone. With the recent snowfall, here’s a refresher on the City’s rules. Minneapolis ordinance requires property owners of houses and duplexes to clear sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall, and four daytime hours for all other properties. Failure to clear your walk could lead to a citation plus the cost of the City clearing it.

The City is stepping up enforcement activities to ensure compliance with the sidewalk snow and ice ordinance, and has increased the number of staff assigned to sidewalk clearing. Public Works is also focused on reducing response time on complaints and has partnered with additional City departments to address shoveling complaints for sidewalks next to vacant and boarded buildings.

There may be resources for people who need help clearing their sidewalks. People can call 311 for a list of resources that might be available.

Here is a great video on snow shoveling information: Shoveling Snow