Best of Neighborhoods News 05/29/2019: Rep. Ilhan Omar introduces bill to ease path for mobile home residents to buy their parks

Rep. Ilhan Omar introduces bill to ease path for mobile home residents to buy their parksFrank Adelmann was a resident, of many, evicted from Lowry Grove, a mobile park in the city of St. Anthony that was home to nearly 100 families. Days before the park’s closure in the summer of 2017, after the property was sold for $6 million the year before, Adelmann took his own life. Real estate developers moved forward with a rapacious plan to redevelop the 15-acre mobile home park. But as recent as early April of this year, the city of St. Continue Reading

Best of Neighborhood News 3/14: Minneapolis Park Board looks to build memorial honoring survivors of sexual violence

Following in the wake of the #MeToo movement and heightened visibility for sexual assault survivors, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board is considering funding a memorial in Boom Island Park. Break the Silence, a local group of survivors and allies, is seeking the Board’s support for the construction of the memorial, and commissioners have voted to explore funding options. “The memorial concept holds true to what we have seen nationally, that when survivors tell their stories they unconsciously give other survivors permission to tell theirs,” [Sarah Super, Break the Silence organizer] told the board. Find more details on the prospective project at The Journal. Native theater company debuts first full production

Turtle Theater Collective, a Native theater company based in Minneapolis, debuted their first full length production on March 9 at The Southern Theater. Continue Reading

Downtown East Commons is a Blank Slate, Except for the Vikings. And the Traffic.

[You can see the original post here:]On Tuesday night, a healthy crowd of local downtown residents and other interested parties gathered in the rustic lobby of the Mill City Museum for the first of several public meetings about the forthcoming Downtown East Commons park. It was a fun atmosphere, with the palpable enthusiasm that comes with the chance to shape big changes in the place where you live. There were also cookies.There were two purposes to the meeting. The first was to give locals the chance to hear from the landscape architecture firm chosen by the city, Hargreaves Associates. The presentation given by Hargreaves’ President Mary Margaret Jones was well received, and it’s clear that the city has made an able hire. 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

Dog Park detective: High Bridge Dog Park

Dog Park Detective is an ongoing series in which Sidewalk Dog sniffs out the best parks in the Twin Cities metro. Check out the other parks we’ve investigated, and stay tuned for opportunities for your dog to be one of our Dog Park Detectives!

THE DAY: November 25, a blustery 17 degrees

THE DETECTIVES: Dozer, a nearly four-year-old border collie mix, and Itty Bitty, the 18-year-old Maltese/Poodle cross

THE PARK: High Bridge Dog Park in St. Paul Continue Reading

Minneapolis should rethink the Above the Falls master plan

It is hard to overstate the importance of the Mississippi River in the urban form of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Once a source of energy and an important transport route, the river’s main value now is environmental and aesthetic. With the imminent closing of the Upper locks and the Upper Harbor Terminal–basically the Port of Minneapolis– the city has an incredible opportunity to redevelop 43 acres of riverfront land. More land will be available in the future, and the city has an extensive plan–the Above the Falls Master Plan–for developing the riverfront upriver from the Saint Anthony lock and dam. Continue Reading