#AGreatCityRises and the toll of gentrification on Northeast Minneapolis

I stopped at the corner trying desperately to remember the potholes and broken concrete I knew as a child. I creeped the car – like I would have back in the day – down the now perfectly manicured road with its “vintage” appeal, missing the cracked and crumbling concrete. My family came to Minneapolis after being forced out of St. Cloud by folks who thought that two blind people could not be adequate parents. For as long as I can remember, 216 Fifth Ave. Continue Reading

Nordeast’s Little India has big selection and great customer service

Article written by Stephanie Fox

It’s mid-afternoon on a weekday and as usual, Little India, one of the Twin Cities’ oldest and most established Indian grocery stores, is filled with people. There’s a long line in the narrow aisle leading to the two registers and another front of the halal meat department. People crowd around at the dessert counter to pick up some of the freshly made Indian sweets. Many of the customers are from India or Pakistan, but not all. “Our customers come from everywhere – Africa, South America, India, Pakistan, Nepal and here. Continue Reading

We’re Number One!!! Northeast Minneapolis celebrates being the nation’s premier arts district

 The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District was recently named the Number 1 Arts District in the USA in a reader’s poll that set it against Arts Districts in cities like Boston, Dallas, Detroit and Los Angeles. That victory was celebrated at a party in the Solar Arts Building on April 1. The party featured music, food by Chowgirls, speeches by Northeast Minneapolis leaders and arts district pioneers, and awards to Northeast Arts District Visionaries.Video produced by John Akre Green Jeans Media Continue Reading

Planning, public input underway for new Northeast Park building

There will be a new recreation building at Northeast Park, and here’s how the public is weighing in on how it will look and how it will be used.The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board held an open house at Northeast Library Dec. 11. Park Board Project managers Dana Murdoch and Kate Lamers and members of Perkins+Will Architects were on hand to guide visitors through a series of info boards illustrating the aspects of the recreation building, at a site in the northeast corner of the Northeast Athletic Field park, on Johnson Street near 16th Avenue NE.On display were time line charts (showing a possible start of construction in mid-2015), results of a MPRB online survey which asked for uses for the facility, preliminary site plans, and a number of photos of existing community buildings around the country. Visitors were given sticky notes to make comments on the design photos, and vote for preferred roof treatments, landscapes, facades, and other architectural solutions. The building itself has a basic floor plan, but not a formal design, yet.Doron Clark, Chair of the twelve-member Community Advisory Committee for this project, said that his committee will consider a design for recommendation at their January 12 public meeting at Logan Park (6-8:30 p.m.). Continue Reading

Loeffler running for sixth legislature term

The Minnesota House of Representatives District 60A includes 15 neighborhoods in Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis. This year’s race has two candidates: DFL incumbent Diane Loeffler, who is running for her sixth term, and Republican challenger Brent Millsop.

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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. Continue Reading

Shoveling: How did we do this winter?

An 81 year-old landlord thought his properties in Northeast Minneapolis were being shoveled. But the worker contracted for the job skipped out, says Dan Bauer, Minneapolis supervisor for sidewalk inspections, and the sidewalks remained uncleared. Worse yet, the complaints against his properties were piling up.

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