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Midtown Farmers Market, transit-oriented development dominate discussion of site redevelopment at Corcoran Land Use and Housing meeting

Don Sabre, of Hennepin County Human Services, speaks at the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization's Land Use and Housing meeting.

The future of the 6.5 acre parcel of land at the corner of Lake Street and 22nd Avenue was once again up for discussion at the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization’s Land Use and Housing meeting

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Thoughts on a few of the questions surrounding the Fitzgerald/MPR/TPT and local hip hop situation

Big, bold-letter caveat: this is not an official press release; I am not speaking for anyone but myself here. Just sharing a few thoughts.

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Share stories and record history at a free dinner event/Compartir historias y registrar la historia en una cena (evento gratis)

Corcoran is full of fascinating people with stories to tell about how they arrived here, how they’ve worked to improve our neighborhood, and how the neighborhood has changed. Folks who grew up here and went to Corcoran School. Others who arrived here from Montreal, and Mexico City, and Mogadishu. Neighbors who fought to stop a freeway or to build a farmers market.

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New group calls for neighborhood focus on equity

During a snowy Saturday last month, a large group of residents from across the city of Minneapolis, including several CNO Board Members, gathered at Powderhorn Park Community Center to organize a new group called Unified Neighborhood Associations (UNA).

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OPINION | Towards a more culturally responsive school system

Like the fish that doesn’t know what water is, culture is generally imperceptible to us until someone else points it out to us or we encounter a culture that’s not our own. Even when we do consider cultural differences, we focus primarily on topics like food or ritual that are easily defined. You eat lefse, we eat kolaches. Your weddings have ceili dances, ours have polkas.

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Equity is more than just a buzzword

Invoking the word "equity" is a lot like talking about Heaven. Everyone likes to describe it, but nobody seems to do what it takes to get there. Or worse yet, the word gets tossed around with no meaning whatsoever. It's become the trendy thing people have to say they want. And yet I struggle to find any meaningful incorporation of its principles into actual policy. When it does make its way into political decisions, equity seems to be applied only to giant, broad initiatives like raising the minimum wage or anti-bullying legislation. When the word is bandied about at community meetings, it doesn't seem attached to any specific actions at all.

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A Minneapolis without disparities: Community groups, elected officials unite behind this critical goal of city government

Elizabeth Glidden (r) and Evette McDonald-McCarthy (from Sunshine Tree Child Development) at Arts on Chicago (Photo courtesy of the Office of Elizabeth Glidden)

As many residents may or may not be aware, the City of Minneapolis is in the midst of an effort it calls Strategic Planning for City Goals, a framework outlining the City’s direction and priorities in upcoming years. The process of establishing those goals is a work in process, but to date, the areas of concentration listed on the City’s website call for Minneapolis to (paraphrased):

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St. Paul: East Side transit group awarded for inclusion

After six months of work on the east side of St. Paul, Fostering an East Side Transit Equity Conversation (FESTEC) will receive its first award. The Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award is given annually by the local Chapter of WTS International. Founded in 1977, WTS is dedicated to building the future of transportation through the overall advancement of women. The annual awards process recognizes local individuals or organizations, and local winners are placed in contention for the international award to be given later in the year.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | It takes a village to grow healthy: Projects across the Twin Cities link public health and community development

There is growing recognition in the medical field that maintaining good health means more than taking care of yourself and getting regular medical check ups. Healthy living conditions and strong community cohesion foster healthy neighborhoods, while inequality, discrimination, crime, pollution, traffic, isolation, and a sense of powerlessness contribute to disease. It’s difficult to improve people’s overall health without addressing the social, economic and racial issues where they live.

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Dogs make our neighborhoods better

The most valuable trait that a neighborhood can have is people. This statement may sound obvious, but to paraphrase Jane Jacobs; people are drawn to other people. Our culture, unfortunately, has mostly forgotten or shunned this universal truth. This is the reason that Washington Avenue will still carry 6 lanes of traffic after an $8 million makeover. This is why even just three good urban blocks will become a regional destination (Uptown, Northeast, Grand Avenue, Linden Hills, Nicollet Mall, 50th and France, Cathedral Hill, Dinkytown). We struggle as a culture to build, cultivate, and disseminate vibrant environments. Much of this shortcoming is due to the fact that America has a very short collective memory. Luckily, dogs have even shorter memories.

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