NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Longfellow welcomes Minnehaha Free Space


Longfellow Community is full of neighborhood-friendly businesses. The Longfellow Business Association is active in neighborhood affairs, having special representatives in LCC bodies, to insure plenty of reciprocity between residents and business. One neighborhood betterment initiative of LBA was a program to increase bike racks in front of businesses. This is a vital improvement because Longfellow is one of the city’s most active biking neighborhoods.

Another sign of this engagement is the meeting spaces offered by neighborhood businesses. Gandhi Mahal, the leading Indian food provider, has an actual community room where meetings are held. Or it might be just the atmosphere of a place like Blue Moon Coffee Cafe with its arrangement of couches and chairs in the rear that just invite groups to come.

This is all preface to the announcement of a new space, the Minnehaha Free Space. It opened July 17, 2011 at 3458 Minnehaha Ave S. The charter is to provide a place for groups who need a place to meet without regard to agenda or funding. It plans to meet those needs beyond Longfellow. And it has met with Longfellow Community Council to establish a cooperative relationship. It follows in a rich tradition of coffeehouses to generate and execute ideas. FFI: or email

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