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COMMUNITY VOICES | We Ride Northeast, 2014
This Saturday the Northeast Community Development Corporation (CDC) hosted the third annual Northeast Ride, a bicycle tour of 'Nordeast' Minneapolis. The ride raises funds for the CDC, a 501(c)3 which promotes the arts, community, and economic development of Northeast Minneapolis. The approximately twelve mile ride began at the Northeast Armory and ended at Indeed Brewing Company. Bicyclists traversed through all of the thirteen Northeast neighborhoods, with stops in nine.
The previous two years used the same route, but this year brought a change. 'It's a unique part of the ride that it goes through all the neighborhoods in Northeast. We changed the route, but we wanted to make sure that all of the neighborhoods are included,' said Angela Lundberg, a member of the NE Ride Committee.
Folks launched in small groups, equipped with maps designed by Kevin Cannon and the option of having a guide. Highlights included stops at the new Sheridan Veterans Memorial, which includes a spherical sculpture designed by Robert Smart, and the Artspace Jackson Flats, which were created by Artspace, a nonprofit real estate developer focused on affordable space for artists and arts organizations in partnership with the CDC.
The route started near the corner of Broadway and Central, went across to Monroe, then down to Spring Street. It proceeded west to Boom Island, and then up the west side of Northeast to St. Anthony Parkway. From there it went down Hayes Street, wound around to Quincy Street and ended near the Northrup King building.
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