In 2013, the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization…


We launched Corcoran Community Garden. 38 gardeners including 15 beginners grew food and community this season. Our 2014 season will feature free gardening classes for all residents.

We equipped South High students to advocate for safer cycling to and from school. Hennepin County will install improvements at the 32nd Street crossing of Hiawatha Avenue in 2014, while students fight for new bike lanes from the Midtown Greenway to South High.

We prevented foreclosure and repaired its harm. We referred 16 households to certified prevention counseling. We also referred distressed, foreclosed homes to nonprofit partners. At 5 of these, quality rehab and sale as owner-occupied affordable housing is complete or underway. (Also note: foreclosures slowed to 1 per month in Corcoran from 3 per month during 2011-2012.)

We equipped home improvements. 23 residents improved their property with free exterior paint, and we continue to offer low-interest loans, a homebuyer program, and new exterior mini-grants.

We improved apartment housing by equipping and activating neighborhood tenants. Initial work by Mujeres en Accion y Poder volunteers and staff informed a StarTribune article that sparked immediate repair of crumbling concrete stairs and peeling paint on window frames.

We equipped new Latina leaders with skills and confidence. 13 women gained bicycles and maintenance skills from Cycles for Change, 12 women learned organizing skills from MN Center for Neighborhood Organizing, 14 women learned to prevent crime with the Minneapolis Police, and 14 women met with Mayor Rybak.

We ran the Midtown Farmers Market, began customer-driven efforts to quantify the Market’s impact on the neighborhood and region, and helped customers fight for a permanent Market at its home of 11 seasons.

We organized a City Council candidate forum at the farmers market and educated our incoming council member and mayor on crucial issues Corcoran residents are talking about.

We built pathways for improvements through conversation between retailers, landlords, and residents during our Corner Store work with the Minneapolis Health Department.

We kept you up to date on Corcoran News through a free monthly newspaper delivered to every door, Advocate e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, posts on E-Democracy, and good old fashioned word-of-mouth between residents who know more neighbors because of our work.

Thank you for a great year. Please let us know what you’d like to accomplish with neighbors in 2014! Please tell us about issues you feel are not being addressed in the Corcoran neighborhood. Please tell us how you want to be involved in the neighborhood this year.

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