Corcoran Neighborhood News and Events


Photo by Ed Kohler licensed under Creative Commons

Corcoran is a diverse and active neighborhood in the heart of South Minneapolis. Predominantly residential, the neighborhood has great connections to downtown via the Hiawatha LRT and Hiawatha Avenue as well as to other parts of South Minneapolis via Lake Street and the Midtown Greenway.

Lake Street is Corcoran's main commercial area and the Midtown Farmers' Market, a project of the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization (CNO), brings the all-local food and goods of 70+ farmers and vendors to 40,000 people each year. Corcoran Park provides neighborhood residents with a recreation center, wading pool, playground, volley ball court, and playing fields.

Neighborhood murals are becoming new landmarks in the Corcoran and a map of them can be found here

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For detailed demographic information, see the neighborhood profile from Minnesota Compass.

A stop by the "Y"

A few weeks ago I met with the General Manager of the Midtown YWCA, Mr. Alex Aguilar. If you haven’t ever been to the YWCA, it’s located at 2121 East Lake Street, near the Hiawatha Light Rail, and across the street from where the Midtown Farmers Market sets up every Tuesday afternoon & Saturday morning during the growing and harvest season.


Upcoming art event! Residents plan to "Take the Field" Friday October 11, 2013

Several South Minneapolis residents came out on a Wednesday evening in mid-August to brainstorm and provide feedback on an upcoming public art event. “Take the Field” (5:00 pm to 10:30 pm) Friday, October 11th, 2013, will transform the South High athletic field on South 21st Avenue into an arts space. Residents shared their ideas on what food trucks to invite, different activities to plan, and how safety for pedestrian and cyclist should be a part of the event.


Corcoran News editor's note

As the Art Teacher at Stonebridge Community School, my world has suddenly become very busy. Not only will I be busy teaching when you read this, but I will have also started my final graduate course at Hamline University. Of course, there is also the matter of my own art work that I have been slowly producing for the past four years in preparation for a future art show scheduled for 2014; final details to come later. And for those who know me, they know that I also play guitar in a regularly gigging Soul band called RJ and the Soul. Not to mention that I have taken over the duties and responsibilities of Newspaper Chair-- attending CNO Board Member meetings, editing and translating articles, doing some layout work, and coordinating tasks. The list goes on and on as far as busy goes. Where I come from, time does not exist. It is a measurement of our existence. That’s why calendars were invented to help us stay organized and make better use of our time, all the time.


July 2013 CNO Board Meeting minutes

July 1, 2013

Attendance: Cynthia Frost, Braulio Carrasco, Eden Spencer, Gwen McMahon, Oscar Del Sebastien, Paul Hanscom, Maggie Pearson. Staff: Eric Gustafson


August 2013 CNO Board Meeting minutes

August 5, 2013

Attendance: Keith Slininger (guest), Cynthia Frost, Braulio Carrasco, Lisa Barajas, Marissa Tappy, Paul Hanscom. Staff: Eric Gustafson, Ross Joy, Silvia Perez, Miguel Goebel, Amy Jones, Katie Brickman (interpretation). Consultant: Lissa Jones