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.

Corcoran Neighborhood and the Midtown Farmers Market Welcomes New Assistant

Elizabeth Logas is the newest member of the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization and the Midtown Farmers Market, working as Program Assistant. She recently graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with majors in Political Science and Environmental Studies. Her experience studying social justice and alternative food systems during a semester abroad in India strongly shaped her passion for increasing public accessibility to healthy, local food—and led to her interest in CNO and the Midtown Farmers Market. Prior to moving into her Lutheran Volunteer Corps house in the Powderhorn neighborhood, Elizabeth interned at an organic farm in St. Peter, Minnesota, and worked with The Moral Omnivore, a food truck dedicated to local and organic food.


Rain doesn't stop neighbors celebrating National Night Out

Residents on multiple blocks in Corcoran neighborhood got to know each other and shared a meal together on Tuesday August 6th. This year, 2013, was the 30th year that neighbors across Minneapolis and the country hosted block parties. Officers and staff members from the Minneapolis Police Department and the Attorney’s Office of Hennepin County were also present to promote the night’s theme of community-police partnerships. While a heavy storm rolled in at 7:20pm, several neighbors invited others into their homes to continue the party. Thank you to everyone who came out and strengthened our Corcoran community!


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.