Ward One Newsletter, May 2017

Ward 1 News from Minneapolis Council Member Kevin Reich
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May 2017


Kevin Reich
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-673-2201



Audubon Park
Columbia Park
Logan Park
Marshall Terrace
Mid-City Industrial
Northeast Park
Waite Park
Windom Park

City of Lakes

Council Member's Message


At the last Council meeting of April we approved a resolution I co-authored that designates two Green Zone pilot areas in Minneapolis, including a Northern area which encompasses a swathe of Northeast along the Mississippi as well as two Northside neighborhoods that meet the river. Following on the heels of the Northern Metals settlement, this is another big win in the long term battle to protect our communities and our Mississippi.

The Green Zones designation will give us new tools to address environmental justice and community revitalization in areas that have experienced generational impacts from industrial pollution. Green Zones work will focus on such priorities as air quality, soil and water cleanup, green jobs and clean energy. Key interests for the designated communities involve greening local businesses, housing quality and availability, community gardens, protecting the most vulnerable, and building community. 

A previous proposal had terminated the Northern Green Zone at the river, leaving Northeast out. I insisted that Northeast be included and that the river should unite, not divide our communities. I also felt it was very important to ensure that the RiverFirst Plan serve as a guiding framework for the Northern Green Zone, so there would be cohesiveness in our future land use planning and coordination with existing activities related to environmental improvements. Lastly, I wanted to emphasize the importance of coupling this work with education and awareness-building in the impacted communities and their schools. To learn more about this initiative, please visit: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/meeti…/legislation/WCMSP-197075




Kevin Reich Signature