Ward 8 Update - June 15, 2018

CM Andrea Jenkins



Office Hours: Monday 9-11 a.m.

Sabathani Community Ctr, 310 E. 38th St.

City declares June 21 Housing Equity in Minneapolis Day


The City Council passed a resolution today recognizing the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Federal Fair Housing Act and declaring June 21, 2018 Housing Equity in Minneapolis Day.

Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St., will kick off “Racism, Rent and Real Estate: Fair Housing Reframed,” June 21 — a series of events that will explore the past, present and future of housing equity in Minneapolis, highlighting the largely unrecognized history of housing discrimination in Minneapolis. Convened by the Mapping Prejudice Project, Minnesota Housing Partnership and Mill City Consulting, the series will feature events through October.

The resolution, authored by Council Member Jenkins, notes that beginning in 1910 racially restricted covenants were placed on property titles in Minneapolis, and by the 1940s, most of the city’s neighborhoods were off limits to African Americans looking to purchase homes. Congress passed the Fair Housing Act in 1968, which prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of dwellings.

“Affordable housing is a critical issue in our community,” said City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins, lead author of the resolution. “The problem didn’t just happen overnight. We as policy makers must be very intentional about reversing the damaging policies of the past and charting a new path forward to achieve housing equity in Minneapolis.”

Racism, Rent and Real Estate: Fair Housing Reframed. Join us June 21st for the series kickoff at Sabathani


You are invited to attend an event series marking the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act — Exploring the past, present and future of housing equity in Minneapolis

For residents, community leaders and policy makers, housing has become a central and urgent issue in Minneapolis. As diverse stakeholders come together to envision solutions that provide safe, dignified housing for all, a new event series — “Racism, Rent and Real Estate: Fair Housing Reframed” — will grapple with our dark history of covenants, redlining and structural racism; and convene cross-sector, community-centered conversations to chart a course for housing equity in Minneapolis moving forward.

Reframing Fair Housing, Reclaiming Neighborhood History
June 21, 6-8 p.m. at Sabathani Community Center

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The way our neighborhoods look and feel today are a product of our shared history; one shaped by racist policies that barred households of color from homeownership and wealth accumulation for many years. In spite of these intentional barriers, like redlining and racial covenants, communities of color created and continue to build vibrant neighborhoods, rich with gathering places and family legacies that are often lost to the general public — and policy makers who make decisions that impact our lives everyday. Join us for the first gathering of the “Racism, Rent and Real Estate: Fair Housing Reframed” event series to learn more about the history and impetus of fair housing laws and share your knowledge about the history of your family and neighborhood.

Convened byMapping Prejudice ProjectMinnesota Housing Partnership and Mill City Consulting

Co-hosted by: Sabathani Community Center, Preserve Minneapolis, Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO), Hennepin History Museum, Hennepin County Library, Jewish Community Action, University of MN- Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, UROC, African Career and Education Resources, Inc. and others.

Questions or ideas? Please contact Cara Letofsky, Principal at Mill City Consulting at 612-718-3495 or cara@millcityconsulting.info.


Housing Discrimination Revealed: History of Race & Real Estate in Minneapolis Bus Tour
July 21 (Tickets for this event are sold out!)
Hosted by Preserve Minneapolis, Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization, Mapping Prejudice

Many residents of Minneapolis believe that their city has never had any kind of formal segregation. This tour makes visible the structural racism that has undergirded the city’s urban landscape. It also illuminates the community solidarity that developed among African Americans in the face of this white hostility.

[Exhibit] Racism, Rent, & Real Estate: History of Housing Segregation in Minneapolis
Opening reception August 23 (Exhibit runs August 16 - October 7)
Hosted by Hennepin History Museum

From Redlining to Predatory Lending: The Racial Wealth Gap
September in North Minneapolis
Hosted by Jewish Community Action and partners

Sold Out: Tenants Using the Fair Housing Act to Fight Back Against Displacement
Sept 18, 6-8 p.m. at Brooklyn Park Library
Hosted by Minnesota Housing Partnership, African Career and Resources Inc and Hennepin County Library
Sept 22, 2-4 p.m. at Minneapolis Central Library
Hosted by Minnesota Housing Partnership, TC Housing Speakers Bureau and Hennepin County Library

Critical Conversation on Racism, Rent, and Real Estate
October 9 at Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center (UROC)
Hosted by Mapping Prejudice Project, UROC, Equity in Place

The Future of Fair Housing: Where do we go from here?
October 25 from 6-8 p.m. at Sabathani Community Center
Hosted by Minnesota Housing Partnership, Mill City Consulting

Afternoons with Andrea! Be a Part of Shaping the Future of Minneapolis


Join us for a lunchtime conversation about the DRAFT Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan, including equitable development and anti-displacement strategies.

We will be joined by Gary Cunningham, President and CEO of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) and Metropolitan Council Member for District 7; Shannon Jones, Executive Director of Hope Community, Inc.; and another speaker to be confirmed.  We will also be joined by Minneapolis Planning staff who will help us better understand the engagement process to date, key elements and how to navigate the plan, and how to effectively provide input prior to the July 22nd deadline.  There will be time at the end of the program for audience comments and questions. 

This event will take place June 22nd, 12:00-1:30pm, in the Community Room at the Seward Co-op Friendship Store, 317 E 38th St.

We hope to see you on June 22nd!

Minneapolis 2040 in focus: Living-wage jobs


The Twin Cities region is expected to have a shortage of more than 114,000 workers by 2020. To remain economically competitive, businesses in the city and broader metro area will need access to skilled employees who can fill that growing job demand.

Minneapolis 2040, the City’s draft comprehensive plan that will shape how Minneapolis will grow and change over the next two decades so all residents benefit, includes a goal of ensuring all Minneapolis residents will have access to living-wage jobs. This is one of 14 key goals adopted by the City Council in 2017 based on extensive feedback from the public early in the planning process.

The draft plan includes 15 proposed policies to support the goal of ensuring all residents have access to living-wage jobs, including increasing equitable access to educational and economic opportunities; prioritizing pathways to healthy development, early learning and school success for all children from birth to age 5; and promoting and supporting business creation, innovation, entrepreneurship and expansion.

The City is seeking public comment on the draft plan through July 22. A PDF version of the plan is also available. Comments can be made online and via email to 2040@minneapolismn.gov. A final draft based on public input will be released this fall. The City Council will vote on the plan by the end of the year.

Municipalities in the Twin Cities area must provide the Metropolitan Council with an updated comprehensive plan every 10 years. It must be consistent with the Metropolitan Council’s regional development guide, Thrive MSP 2040, that sets the direction for the region’s growth and development. 

Minimum wage increases July 1, 2018, across all workplaces in Minneapolis


The City’s Department of Civil Rights oversees enforcement of the municipal minimum wage, and workers are encouraged to report violations online.

Minneapolis’ minimum wage ordinance comes as inequality climbs nationally, and more than 84,000 people in Minneapolis earn incomes below the federal poverty level. Inaction by federal and state governments has prompted more cities throughout the country to enact their own laws.

Increases in Minneapolis’ minimum wage will benefit tens of thousands of families. Forty-one percent of all black workers and 54 percent of all Latino workers (compared to only 17 percent of all white workers) in Minneapolis previously earned less than $15 per hour and will receive raises.

The ordinance supports the City’s goals of promoting economic inclusion and reducing economic and racial disparities.

For more information about the ordinance, visit minimumwage.minneapolismn.gov. For additional questions call 311 or email minwage@minneapolismn.gov.

Influence neighborhood programming, join a Neighborhoods 2020 work group!


The City of Minneapolis is seeking neighborhoods and residents' participation in the Neighborhoods 2020 policy development related to funding, program guidelines and governance of Minneapolis’ neighborhood organization system and the City’s community engagement policy. Apply by June 18 to serve for six months on one of the inaugural Neighborhoods 2020 work groups.

From June to August, groups will develop policy, and from August to November, they will solicit public comment on their drafts.

Who can join work groups?

Any Minneapolis resident who is passionate about neighborhoods. Read more about work group composition.

How to submit an application

Submit your work group application and any recommendations for facilitators by 4:30 p.m. June 18 by email to ncr@minneapolismn.gov or by postal mail or in person at Crown Roller Mill, 105 Fifth Ave. S. #425, Minneapolis, MN 55401.

    Enroll Now - Inscriba Ahora - 招生简章 Acorn Montessori school, at Sabathani Community Center, for pre-K and Kindergarten students


    Acorn Montessori is the first Spanish, English, Chinese immersion school in the Twin Cities for three to six year old children. Acorn Montessori is located in South Minneapolis at the Sabathani Community Center. School starts on September 4. Space is limited. Enroll now for kindergarten or preschool.

    Acorn Montessori es la primera escuela de inmersión en español, inglés y chino en Minneapolis para niños de tres a seis años. Estamos ubicados en el sur de Minneapolis, dentro de Sabathani Community Center. El año escolar comienza el 4 de septiembre. Tenemos cupo limitado. Para inscribir a su hijo/hija haga clic: kinder o preescolar.

    Acorn Montessori 是第一个英语、西班牙语和汉语的三种沉浸式语言教学的 Montessori 学校, 位于 Minneapolis 南面的 Twin cities Sabathani Community Center。二零一八年九月4号开学,招收对象为三岁六岁的学前儿童。 

    Learning Environment:

    Acorn Montessori is a mixed age classroom of three to six year old children. A maximum of thirty children will learn and grow together with three teacher leaders. Children must be toilet trained to attend. Preschool children have the option of nap time.

    Hours and Location:
    Sabathani Community Center, 310 East 38th Street
    Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 2:30pm.
    There is not a half day or part time tuition option.


    Free busing is provided for kindergarten students in Minneapolis. Transportation is not available for preschool students.

    Tuition, Enrollment, and Lunch/Snacks:

    • Preschool tuition is $300 a week​. Families that qualify for free and reduced lunch do not pay tuition.​ Assistance with tuition forms is available. 
    • Kindergarten tuition is free. ​Acorn is a public charter school authorized by Audubon Center of the North Woods. 
    • A healthy lunch and snacks are provided to all children.​ All dietary needs are accommodated.

    Contact Acorn Montessori at:






      Boulevard trees need water


      A reminder to water your boulevard trees, especially the young ones.  Trees are both shade providers and air cleaners, not to mention that they are aesthetically pleasing, calming to the spirit, and home to many birds and other animals. 

      Spread the word, spread the water!

      35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown: prepare for closures!


      Road closures
      10 p.m. Fri, June 15 to 5 a.m. Mon, June 18
      I-35W in both directions is closed between I-94 and Hwy 62
      Detour: Hwy 62, Hwy 100 and I-394 (PDF)

      Ramp closures
      Fri, June 15, 2018 through fall 2020
      SB I-35W to 35th St. is closed
      Detour: Continue on I-35W and take the 46th St. exit to Nicollet Ave (PDF)

      June 8, 2018 through fall 2021

      • 31st St. to SB I-35W is closed to traffic, but remain open to buses
        Detour: Nicollet Ave. to 46th St.

      • 35th St to NB I-35W is closed
        Detour: Nicollet Ave. to E. Diamond Lake Rd (PDF)

      May 18, 2018 through fall 2021
      NB I-35W to WB I-94 is closed
      Detour: WB I-694

      March 2, 2018 through fall 2021
      36th St. to SB I-35W is closed
      Detour: Portland Ave. to 46th St. (PDF)

      March 2 through early July 2018
      38th St. bridge is closed over I-35W

      • EB Detour: Nicollet Ave. to 36th St. to 3rd Ave. S
      • WB Detour: 3rd Ave. S to 35th St. to Nicollet Ave.
      • Bicycle Detour: 1st Ave. S (NB)/Blaisdell Ave. (SB) to 40th St. pedestrian bridge to 3rd Ave. S
      • Pedestrian Detour: 1st Ave. S to 40th St. pedestrian bridge to 3rd Ave. S
      • View map for all 38th St. bridge detours (PDF)

      Local street impacts

      May 2018 to fall 2018 (tentatively)
      Park Ave. and Portland Ave. will have temporary restriping and a transit lane
      Note: The restriping of Park Ave. and Portland Ave. (between downtown and Lake St.) to add a temporary transit lane was chosen to help reduce impacts and maintain a transit advantage for transit while the 35W@94 project is underway. This new striping is temporary; it will remain in place through fall 2018, at which point Metro Transit, MnDOT and the City of Minneapolis will assess if the transit operators are comfortable that they can again provide reliable service on I-35W. Restriping is also weather/temperature dependent, so it may need to wait until spring 2019 if the decision to move back to the permanent striping is made when it is cold out.

      May 17 to mid-August 2018
      Stevens Ave. is closed between 38th St. and 39th St.

      March 2 to early August 2018
      Intersections of Stevens Ave. and Second Ave. S are closed between 37th St. and 38th St.
      Note: Residents will be able to access Stevens Ave. and 2nd Ave. S from 37th St. or 39th St. During the closure, two-way traffic on Stevens Ave. between 37th St. and 38th St. will be allowed. Access Routes map (PDF).


      Lane closures
      5 a.m. Mon, June 18, 2018 through fall 2021

      • NB I-35W is reduced to three lanes from 43rd St. to downtown Minneapolis 
        Note: one northbound I-35W lane will be a MnPASS lane
      • SB I-35W is reduced to two lanes from downtown Minneapolis to 43rd St. 

      For More Information, Questions or Concerns:

      • To learn more about this project, including all current traffic impacts and detour routes, click here to visit the MNDOT website.
      • Metro Transit bus routes will be impacted as a result of construction. For updated route information, and to sign up for Rider Alerts, click here.
      • Follow MNDOT on Facebook at facebook.com/mndot and Twitter: @mndotnews
      • Email the MNDOT project team at: info@35w94.com
      • Call the project MNDOT hotline at: 612-284-6125 
      • For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit http://www.511mn.org/or dial 5-1-1.

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